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Using telehealth physical therapy for knee pain when squatting

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“Squatting” can mean two things. For those who like to exercise in the gym, squatting is an exercise you perform with weights to help improve your strength. For those not in a gym, squatting is simply something you do as part of your day-to-day life, such as when picking up your keys if you drop them. Either way, when you squat and consistently have pain in your knees, it may be time to talk to a professional about treatment.

What causes knee pain when squatting?

Knee pain when squatting can occur for a number of reasons. It may be due to a sudden injury, or it might be the result of a chronic condition.

Common causes of knee pain when squatting include:

  • Tendinitis — Repetitive activities can irritate the tendons in your knee, causing inflammation to develop. This inflammation is painful and can limit your range of motion, which you may notice when squatting.

  • Iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome — IT band syndrome affects the long IT band running from your hip to your knee along the outer side of your thigh. Repetitive strain, such as running on hard pavement for a long time, can irritate the IT band and cause pain.

  • Arthritis — Arthritis causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. When this affects your knees, it can make it painful to squat and bend your knees.

  • Injury or trauma — A fall or twist or a direct impact to the knee can cause an injury that makes it painful to squat and use your knee for other activities. Usually, injuries are accompanied by swelling or visible disfiguration of the knee.

Treatment for knee pain when squatting

Treatments for knee pain when squatting vary from person to person. It depends on the cause of the pain and other factors, like your age, weight and medical history. A physical therapist can examine your condition and guide you through treatment to help manage the pain and improve your range of motion. However, if you are unable to visit a physical therapy clinic in person for treatment, you may be wondering what you can do. Turns out, you can do physical therapy at home through telehealth physical therapy.

Agile Virtual PT is a telehealth physical therapy platform that connects you with your physical therapist in a live, secure, one-on-one video call. This enables your physical therapist to visually examine your condition and ask relevant questions about your condition, so they can develop a personalized treatment for you. Treatments vary from person to person but often include:

  • Targeted therapeutic exercises
  • Gentle stretches
  • Posture guidance
  • Movement exercises
  • Patient guidance, such as how to accomplish certain tasks while recovering

Schedule your online physical therapy appointment with Agile Virtual PT today!

Are you tired of suffering from aches and pains when you’re unable to visit a physical therapist in person for treatment? It may be time to consider scheduling a physical therapy telehealth appointment through Agile Virtual PT.

Agile Virtual PT provides you with access to experienced, licensed physical therapists who can guide you through a personalized treatment plan for your needs. If you’re ready to give online physical therapy a shot, please contact us today for a free screening or to schedule an initial appointment.