Where is the pain really coming from?
It can be very frustrating trying to figure out the cause of your back pain or knee pain or ankle pain when you are suffering from multiple different issues? So, you go see a foot doctor for your foot/ankle problem, then you see an orthopedic surgeon for your knee pain and then a back doctor for your low back issue. You often come away confused about which one of your problems is the root cause or if you have multiple causes. You get frustrated that all your doctors don’t seem to communicate or that nobody is actually helping YOU to solve YOUR pain puzzle.
Seeking medical opinions is always a good start and seeing specialists is a good way to get answers, but often times you need to see a physical therapist that can help you put YOUR body puzzle together. Most of the patients that we see have or have had multiple issues. An old ankle surgery from 10 years ago may not necessarily still be directly bothering you, but since then, you have had a knee surgery and now are suffering from recurring bouts of low back pain. So, perhaps the ankle range of motion is limited and is partially causing compensations to occur that are limiting how your leg muscles are working and you have functional weakness on that leg. That then leads to excessive forces to your pelvis and low back. As physical therapists, we will develop individualized exercise prescriptions that are unique to your complete functional situation.
Since we have the experience of dealing with a variety of patients with multiple issues, we consistently identify common trends in joint immobility and muscle weakness. So, we have listed a few lower body stretching and strengthening exercises that can be helpful in getting you functioning again. Please note that it is best to actually have a therapist evaluate you prior to starting them and get clearance from your physician. All exercises should be pain-free. Give FPC a call to see if we can help solve your “pain puzzle”!
Hip Flexor Stretch
Single-Leg Mini-Squat Strengthening