Knee & Leg Pain

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

Restless Legs Syndrome Relief (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable or painful sensations in the legs and an overwhelming urge to move them. It often happens in the evening or when you are trying to go to sleep.

To help relieve restless legs syndrome symptoms, start off by massaging, foam rolling, or using a rolling stick to relax the large muscles in your legs like your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

Once you have massaged them out, you can stretch all of these muscles as well with a stretch strap, dog leash, or belt.

Some exercises like ankle pumps and bridges help work the muscles to fatigued them out. This should help calm them down as well.

Finally, the child’s pose is a great stretch for the whole body, and can really help you calm everything back down before you go to sleep.

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7 Best Knee Pain Exercises (Advanced)

These knee exercises are more advanced (they even got me a little winded!), and they should help strengthen your knees and decrease knee pain. If they are too difficult, check out my knee pain moderate exercise video.

Single leg bridges are a great way to work the muscles all around your knee to help relieve knee pain. If you are not quite ready for it you can use both legs.

Squats and squats with a ball squeeze work the muscles around the knee together to keep them balanced. Make sure you are using correct form.

Using a band for sidestepping and a 4 way hip not only work your hip muscles, but they work your knee muscles as well.

Finally single leg heel raises and single leg squats are a great knee exercise, but they can be very difficult, so make sure to start by holding onto something for balance.

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7 Best Knee Pain Exercises (Moderate)

These knee pain exercises should help strengthen your knees and decrease knee pain. If these moderate knee exercises are too difficult, check out my beginner knee pain video first.

The first knee pain exercises are bridges, clamshells, and a four way hip lying down. These not only work your knees, but your hips as well.

Bridges with a band make your muscles work together to help them stay balanced. Sometimes when you have an injury, the muscles become imbalanced, and don’t work together.

Sit to stand, heel/toe raises, and single leg balance exercises work your hips, knees, and ankles. All these areas need to be strong to help your knees stay strong and decrease the knee pain.

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Prevent Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

 

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Varicose veins & spider veins are often caused by poor circulation in your legs and feet. In this video, I'll show several treatments that can help prevent them. 

Ankle pumps and seated heel/toe raises do a great job of increasing the circulation to your legs and increase oxygen to your blood so they can help prevent varicose and spider veins. They are also easy to do almost anywhere.

Another great treatment is Compression stockings, hose, or socks. The folks at JOMI Compression have several different sizes and colors. Their thigh high compression hose are a great option to help prevent varicose and spider veins, as well as prevent DVTs and help with muscle fatigue.

Now for standing exercises and stretches. The runner’s stretch stretches the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. Heel raises and single leg raises not only do a great job to increase circulation, but they also do a great job of strengthening the legs.

Finally, a squat or modified squat is a great exercise as well.

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