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Joint Pain

Momentum Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

If chronic joint pain due to disease or an injury is restricting you from being physically active, consider the many benefits of physical therapy. At Momentum Physical Therapy, located in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, skilled therapists, Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, and Kelly Masuda, PT, DPT, customize treatment plans to address the root cause of your pain. Through manual exercises, aquatic therapy, and Pilates-based programs, you can find relief of chronic joint pain and inflammation to improve your quality of life. Learn more about therapeutic options for joint pain by calling Momentum Physical Therapy or by requesting an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

The many joints in your body help you move in a variety of ways. As you get older and the structure of your joints begins to change and break down, you can experience a significant reduction in your range of motion and a significant increase in pain in your joints.

While you can develop pain in any of your joints, disease or injury can reduce your mobility when they affect the joints in your neck, spine, knees, shoulders, hips, and ankles.

In addition to age-related degeneration, you may develop joint pain from:

  • Trauma
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You may also have persistent pain in your joints due to injuries, like sprains or strains, or chronic diseases in the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures that support your joints.

How does physical therapy treat chronic joint pain?

The team at Momentum will review your medical history and complete a thorough orthopedic evaluation to assess ROM, strength, balance, and functional deficits.  Specific orthopedic tests will be performed to further determine the underlying cause of your pain. The therapists focus on customizing therapeutic plans that first ease your pain and then progressively restore normal function in your joints.

For many, the therapy team uses manual techniques to improve specific joint mobility, decrease pain-spasm cycle, and restore the overall alignment of the joint or spinal segment. Exercises also enhance the blood circulation in your body to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.

If your joint pain is debilitating and limits what exercises you can do, you may benefit from aquatic therapy. This type of treatment allows you to build muscle strength and increase your range of motion with therapeutic exercises you perform in a heated pool. The water reduces stress on your joints and provides the resistance needed to improve your muscle strength and tone.

Your Momentum Physical Therapy provider may also recommend Pilates-based rehabilitative therapy to ease joint pain, increase flexibility, and restore joint function.

What’s involved in Pilates-based therapy for joint pain?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength.  Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or using equipment with a concentration on promoting proper postural alignment and muscle balance.  


Tanya is well-versed in the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) Pilates method, which was designed by physical therapists specifically for use in the rehabilitation setting. Traditional Pilates exercises are broken down and modified to be suitable for a clinical population. The APPI method is based on segmental spinal stabilization research and lumbar pelvic stabilization theories.

If you’re limited by chronic joint pain, request a consultation at Momentum Physical Therapy by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.