Physical Therapy for Knee Pain

Medical massage at the leg in a physiotherapy center. Female physiotherapist inspecting her patient. Close-up photograph.


Whether provided by a physical therapist, chiropractor, or physician, physical therapy techniques can help reduce pain, swelling and help to rehabilitate damaged tissues.  Exercise is important to strengthen injured areas.


Deyle, G., Allison, S., & Matekel, R. (2005). Physical Therapy Treatment Effectiveness for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A randomized Comparison of Supervised clinical Exercise and Manual Therapy Procedures Versus a Home Exercise Program. Physical Therapy, 85(12), 1301-1315.

Fransen, M., & Mcconnell, S. (2015). Exercise for osteoarthritis of the knee. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Reviews, 1-6.

RESCU Treatment Ratings

R = Risk      E = Effectiveness      S = Self-Care

C = Cost     U = Usefulness (overall rating)

1 = Least Favorable     5 = Most Favorable


RISK: 4/5  


Risks from physical therapy are very low, but can include injuries in the form of burns, and aggravation of existing pain and other problems. 


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