What Do You Do If You Have a Pain in Your Knee?

Dr. Charles Preston discusses what athletes should do if they are experiencing knee pain.

Question: What do you do if you have a pain in your knee?

Answer: I see a lot of athletes with pain around their kneecaps in the office. Some anterior knee pain may respond to things as simple as changing the shoes you wear. Sometimes and most often, unfortunately, it is more complicated than that. In most cases the kneecap is imbalanced in the alignment and they require the help of a physical therapist. The physical therapist will work with you on mobilizing the tissues that are too tight, most often on the outside, and strengthening muscles which may be inactive around the kneecaps around the insides. Also, in strengthening up the gluteal muscles and the hamstrings to provide you with balance around your knees.

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