Knee Pain

How To Stop Chronic, Daily Annoying Knee Pain WITHOUT Injections, WITHOUT Taking Painkillers and WITHOUT Having To Wear A Support or Brace…

Is physical therapy making your knee pain worse? Are you experiencing more pain at the end of the physical therapy session than when you first started? If so, it might make sense to seek out a second opinion.


If you’re looking to find out why physical therapy is making your knee pain worse, you’ve come to the right place. We hear this quite often from some of our patients who have had a bad experience somewhere else.

There’s no question that your knees might feel sore after a physical therapy session but they should not hurt more than when you started. 


Here are some of the reasons why your knee might feel worse after physical therapy. 

First & foremost, your physical therapist might not have addressed the mobility problem in your hips before looking at the knees. So you might wonder why it is important to even look at the hips when we’re talking about your knee pain? Great question. The hips tell the knees what to do – most of the time. 

And that’s because most of the muscles originate in the hips and attach at the knee. The pain that you feel at the knee sometimes can be a result of the tension developed in the hip. Thereafter, it is important that your physical therapist look at the hip before addressing the knee directly. Sometimes loosening the hip will indirectly loosen up the knees. Give it a try and you might be surprised. 

Secondarily, if you’re being pushed to do more than what you can handle during rehab, chances are your knee might flare up more. If you’re experiencing pain while doing the exercise in physical therapy, you might be doing more harm than good. The mentality of no pain no gain does not apply here. The intensity of the exercise should match the capacity of your body to withstand the load. You want to be challenged but not overwhelm – and pain is a “STOP & Examine me” signal that your body is giving off. 

Rather, go slow and give your physical therapist feedback on how the exercise feels so they can gauge and modify the exercise accordingly to fit your “knees”. 

Thirdly, if you’re going straight into your strengthening exercises every time in rehab before loosening up the structures around the hip and the calf, then you might tighten the knees even more – and in return might make your knee pain worse after physical therapy. 

The order of which you do things matter here. Always loosen up the hip and the lower leg before strengthening the knee – or any other body part. This is a golden principle that we stress on your first visit at Empowerment Physical Therapy! Remember, stretch before you strengthen.  

Fourth, you might not have been given the correct set of exercise and the correct orders in which you should do them. As a physical therapist, I can not tell you how important it is to be given the correct set of exercises and the correct order in which you should do them. Why? Because it makes a huge difference in how you feel at the end of the session and your recovery. 

Last but not the least, if your knees past your toes and/or caving inward when you’re squatting, then you’re straining your knee even more. You put an excessive amount of stress on the ligaments/tendons of the knee when your knee passes beyond your toes during squatting. It means you’re squatting with your knees as opposed to using your hips. This is one of the biggest reasons your knees might be hurting more after physical therapy. 

If you have experienced any of the 4 most common reasons why your knee pain might be worse after physical therapy and you would like to seek out a second opinion, I would urge you to take advantage of our free phone consultation by clicking HERE. This is your chance to ask our knee pain specialist any questions/concerns you have so you can make the best decision about your health.   


Want to learn more about your knee pain?

If you’re living with bad knees, they’re painful or they ache – it’s very easy to think that it’s “just something that comes with age”, it’s a bit of “wear and tear”, or that it’s nothing and it’ll go away on its own. 

You can’t quite point your finger on why you’re feeling pain in your knees – but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better! 

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone – we hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, Knee Pain is one of THE most common problems that we see at Empowerment Physical Therapy. 

And when it comes to living with Knee Pain, everybody we see wants to know the answers to these questions:

Why is This Happening to Me?


Why am I still suffering with Knee pain that keeps getting worse after putting up with it for 6 months – sometimes more?…

Most people think that when they get Knee Pain, it’ll eventually “ease off” and go away on it’s own. That they’ll wake up one morning and like “magic”, Knee Pain will be a thing of the past… But then 6 months later you’re still living with the discomfort of knee pain – often even worse than it was when it came on.

Does That Sound Like You?

Another scenario we see all the time is when people go to their Doctors, and the well-meaning Doctor tells them to “rest”, “try these painkillers” and “come back in 6 weeks if it’s not better” – but then 6 weeks later, they end up going back to the same Doctor again because it hasn’t got any better, only to be given ANOTHER prescription of even stronger pills, and maybe a knee support.

Has This Type Of Thing Happened To You?

Maybe you are confused because you’ve been told different things, by different people. Maybe you think you have to rest because you’ve been told walking makes knee pain worse, or that you should be doing ‘this exercise’ and ‘that exercise’ to make it better.

It’s very confusing to know exactly what to do – and that’s just to avoid making knee pain worse!

And because of this confusion – this often leads people to procrastinate and put off making a decision about what to do to help fix their Knee Pain. Worse, many people just end up accepting it as “a part of life” – as if it’s normal, as if it “has” to be that way.

Is This How You Feel Too?
If You’re Currently Living With Knee Pain, Here’s 7 More Reasons Why It Could Be Lasting Longer Than It Should:

If any of these have happened to you – we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our Physical Therapists to find out what can be done to help you. 

The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work – you are closer to finding the thing that does! 

Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you for FREE over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next.

“What Can I Do To Get Rid Of MY Knee Pain Quickly?”…

Well, here’s 4 things you can do:

If you would like to know how the Physical Therapy team at Empowerment Physical Therapy can help you live with less knee pain – we invite you to start with a completely FREE, no-obligation, risk-free online visit: 

Note: This Free Taster Session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about Physical Therapy – unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a free taster session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done – without any financial risk on your part. 

So the next question is:

“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at Empowerment Physical Therapy Help You Get Rid of Your Knee Pain – In The Next Few Days?”

Here’s just a few of the things our Physical Therapy Team can do for you:

If you want to know what it costs – and what availability we have, then please just click the button below and complete the short form:

Patient Testimonials


When I started physical therapy I wasn’t too sure anyone could help me. I used to walk every day two to three miles and now I couldn’t walk nor stand for too long due to the severe knee pain. Shi Feng Lin gave me my life back.

After two months I have no pain and I’m back to my walking and feeling great. He is dedicated and loves what he does. To me he was my healer and I will always cherish his teachings.

Melinda Moray

If you are looking for a physical therapist that actually cares about you and your well-being and not about what some of the other offices care about (like money and insurance) then you will be in the right hands with Shi Feng! He is very professional , he follows up immediately, and is so friendly. He is talkative during sessions which makes it a pleasant hour spent rather than A dreadful and boring one! 🙂 The best I’ve ever worked with! Highly recommend!

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Dr. Shi-Feng Lin, Physical Therapy

Made in China and have lived in New York City since 9 years-old, Dr. Shi-Feng  graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelors in Health & Exercise Science in 2010. He went on to pursue his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and graduated from Sage Graduate School in 2013. He has worked in an orthopedic outpatient private practice since graduation and has developed an eclectic approach in his treatment philosophy from his extensive pursue in continuing education.

When he’s not treating, Shi Feng likes to stay active and plays in a friday league basketball, exploring rivers/lakes with his inflatable kayak.  

  • Qualifications: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Born: China
  • Now Lives: New York City
  • Certifications:
    Applied Prevention & Health Promotion Therapist
    Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
    Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
    Certified Titleist Performance Institute
  • Hobbies: kayaking, biking, hiking, camping
  • Team:  San Antonio Spurs and New York Giants
  • Show: Whose Line Is It?
  • Food: Korean and Japanese

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