Reviving Your Athletic Performance: Overcoming Knee Pain

Reviving Your Athletic Performance: Overcoming Knee Pain

Introduction:

Welcome to a comprehensive guide brought to you by Continuous Motion Physical Therapy. Here we will explore the topic of knee pain among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. In this blog post, we will discuss not only knee pain, but also its relevance to active individuals and how our specialized team can help you regain your strength and mobility.

Unveiling the Mystery:

Knee pain can be a common symptom among athletes and those in the fitness community. It can arise due to various factors such as overuse, improper biomechanics, or sports-related injuries. To truly understand the issue, we will unveil the mysteries surrounding knee pain, delve into its pathology, and explore the range of treatment options available.

The Indispensable Role:

Physical therapy plays an indispensable role in managing knee pain and enhancing athletic performance. Continuous Motion Physical Therapy specializes in tailoring treatment plans for athletes, addressing not only the pain but also the underlying causes. Our individualized approach is designed to get you back to your favorite activities at peak performance.

Is It Essential?:

You might be wondering whether professional help is essential when dealing with knee pain. The answer is a resounding yes. The team at Continuous Motion Physical Therapy are trained movement specialists who are professionals in analyzing form and movement mechanics which may be causing the pain you are experiencing. We can provide the expert guidance and therapies necessary for your recovery and athletic performance. Don’t let knee pain hinder your active lifestyle.

Early Intervention:

Early diagnosis and intervention are paramount when it comes to knee pain. We’ll emphasize the importance of recognizing symptoms early and taking proactive steps to address them promptly. Timely intervention with a trained professional can significantly reduce recovery time and improve long-term outcomes.

Gaining Strength and Flexibility:

Gaining Strength and Flexibility:

Recovering from knee pain involves more than just pain relief; it’s also about regaining strength and flexibility that is specific to the physical demands you encounter in your athletic pursuits. When working with Continuous Motion Physical Therapy, you can expect to explore the treatment process in-depth with your physical therapist. Together, with guidance from our movement specialists, we will focus on personalized exercises and techniques to help you recover faster and perform at your best.

Pain Management:

Effective pain management is crucial to your rehabilitation journey. We will provide you with strategies for managing knee pain effectively, ensuring that it doesn’t disrupt your training or daily life. 

Preventing Future Episodes:

While recovery is crucial, prevention is of equal importance. We strive to provide comprehensive information on preventative measures you can integrate into your routine. At Continuous Motion Physical Therapy, we see value in both educating and providing you with long-term management strategies to keep you injury-free and enable you to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.

Conclusion and Call-To-Action:

In conclusion, Continuous Motion Physical Therapy is your ultimate partner in overcoming knee pain and reclaiming your athletic performance. If you’re looking for physical therapy tailored to your individual needs, we’re here to support your journey. Contact us today to begin your path to a stronger, pain-free athletic experience. Let our team of experts guide you towards your fitness goals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How can physical therapy help with knee pain?

Physical therapy for knee pain includes specialized exercises, manual therapy, and targeted techniques that help alleviate pain, improve knee joint mobility, and strengthen surrounding muscles. Our expert therapists create personalized treatment plans to address the underlying causes of knee pain and enhance athletic performance.

  • What are the common causes of knee pain in athletes?

Knee pain in athletes can result from various factors such as overuse, sports-related injuries (like ligament sprains or meniscus tears), muscle imbalances, or improper biomechanics. Identifying the specific cause through a thorough evaluation is crucial for effective treatment.

  • Is early intervention necessary for knee pain recovery?

Yes, early intervention is essential for knee pain recovery. Addressing knee pain promptly can prevent it from worsening and reduce the risk of long-term damage. Our team at Continuous Motion Physical Therapy emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to expedite recovery.

  • Can physical therapy improve knee strength and flexibility?

Absolutely. Physical therapy focuses on enhancing knee strength and flexibility. Our exercise programs target muscle imbalances, improve joint range of motion, and help athletes regain strength and flexibility, allowing them to perform at their best and reduce the risk of future injuries.

  • What exercises are recommended for knee pain relief?

The specific exercises recommended for knee pain relief vary based on the individual’s condition and needs. Exercises may include strengthening the quadriceps and hamstrings, improving hip and core stability, and enhancing balance and proprioception. Our therapists will create a customized exercise plan to address your unique situation and physical demands.

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Dr. Peyton Oules, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Peyton Oules, physical therapist, is a Brewster, Washington native who grew up as a small-town athlete. During her high school sports career, she suffered from two ACL injuries which led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

She began her studies by earning her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Pre-PT at Eastern Washington University.  During her undergraduate studies, she spent much of her time playing volleyball and coaching at the high school level.  Dr. Oules continued her education to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona.While in school, Dr. Oules became Certified in both Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

Part of her clinical training included international travel to Sydney, Australia where she expanded her orthopedic skill set and had the opportunity to provide treatment for the athletes from the 2023 World Underwater Hockey Championships.

During her doctorate level studies, Dr. Oules learned the importance in making movement a lifestyle. She has a passion for sharing this knowledge with the community and getting her clients back to the activities they love.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Oules enjoys CrossFit®, hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Rue. Some of her favorite adventures to date include hiking parts of the Grand Canyon and running across the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Sydney 10k!

Dr. Peyton Oules’ Credentials:
•           Physical Therapist (PT)
•           Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
•           Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)

Dr. Khristian McGinley, PT, DPT Cert. DN

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Dr. Khristian McGinley, physical therapist, grew up here in Phoenix, as a competitive softball player with a longtime passion for health and wellness. After sustaining an elbow injury in high school and attending PT herself, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career helping people recover from injuries and getting back to doing what they love. She eventually received her B.S in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2013, then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2017.

Dr. McGinley began her career with a passion in pediatrics and orthopedics, undergoing coursework to treat diagnoses such as torticollis, developmental delay, and toe walking. She also became certified in Dry Needling in 2017, and since then has been additionally trained in Dry Needling for Pelvic Rehabilitation. After the challenging birth of her first child, she developed a passion for treating the pregnant and postpartum population. She became specialty training in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation in 2021 and since then has focused her practice on helping moms achieve pain free pregnancy, peaceful childbirth, and complete postpartum recovery. She specializes in diagnoses such as urinary incontinence, diastases recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. McGinley enjoys hiking, running, camping, weight lifting, and playing slow pitch softball. She loves spending as much time as she can outside with her husband and two children.

Dr. Khristian McGinley’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Meredith Wall, PT, DPT FAFS, Cert. DN

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Dr. Meredith Wall, physical therapist, grew up as a competitive athlete in basketball, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. After sustaining an ankle injury and going to rehab as a young athlete, she instantly fell in love with learning about sports injuries and rehabilitation. This led her to major in Exercises Science at Grand Valley State University. After she graduated in 2010, she immediately pursued physical therapy to ultimately achieve her lifelong goals of becoming a physical therapist. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2013, graduating as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recognizing individuals with outstanding GPA in a college graduate program.

Dr. Wall continued her educational pathway through the Gray Institute receiving a fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS). A FAFS is only obtained by a select number of practitioners, who deliver optimal care through the diagnosis and treatment of functional human movement. She also became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) in 2017, is trained in the McKenzie Method to treat spinal pain, and most recently has become specialized in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. This specialty area allows her to treat women across the lifespan dealing with incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, and pain during or after pregnancy.

Dr. Wall’s special interests include diagnosing and treating active patients across the lifespan to help them return to optimal function. In her spare time, she enjoys Crossfit®, running, coaching youth sports, and traveling with her husband and three sons.

Dr. Meredith Wall’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Specialty-trained in Pelvic Floor Therapy

Dr. Cameron Moore, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CSCS, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Cameron Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, has always been very active with sports and activities starting with competitive motocross racing up to a semi-professional level and being a scholarship athlete in track and field competing at the division 1 level in college at Eastern Washington University in the triple jump. Cameron became interested in the profession of physical therapy after having knee surgery in high school and seeing the inter-workings of the profession. He pursued his bachelors degree in Exercise Science before moving to Phoenix to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Franklin Pierce University.

He then began specialization courses for spinal manipulation (Spinal Manipulation Institute) and dry needling (Dry Needling Institute). This lead Cameron in to becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) and earned a Diploma of Osteopractic®, a distinction and training that only a small percentage of physical therapist have completed.

Dr. Moore continues to be very involved with motocross riding, Crossfit®, Olympic weight lifting, running and an overall active lifestyle with his Wife (Michelle) and their Vizsla (Parker).

Dr. Cameron Moore’s Credentials

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified in Dry Needling (Cert DN)
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Cert SMT)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip Osteopractic)
  • Fellow Of The American Academy Of Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT)
  • American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Fellow (AAMT)
  • Crossfit® Level 1 Certified (CF-L1)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach

Dr. Michelle Moore, PT, DPT FAAOMPT, Dip. Osteopractic

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Dr. Michelle Moore, physical therapist and co-owner, grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a passion for healthy living from a young age. Her collegiate studies in Health Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and athletic background influenced her to combine her passions and pursue a career in physical therapy. She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2013.

Dr. Moore continued her educational pathway through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy where she earned her Diploma Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic) and became Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), and Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT). From 2016-2017 Dr. Moore completed the rigorous coursework to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT), a distinction held by only a fraction of the profession.

Dr. Moore’s special interests include treating active individuals and returning them to the activities that they love. In her spare time she enjoys Crossfit®, Olympic Weightlifting, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling with her husband, Cameron, and dog, Parker.

Dr. Michelle Moore’s Credentials:

  • ​Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic® (Dip. Osteopractic)
  • Certified Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT)
  • Crossfit® Mobility Certified