Knee Treatment - Midtown - NYC

About Llin Physical Therapy - Maurizio Llin 

Maurizio is the Founder of Llin Physical Therapy.  He has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.  He specializes in sports medicine/orthopedics with a focus on shoulder, hip, and knee injuries.


As a sports enthusiast all his life, Maurizio is no stranger to injury and physical therapy. Through his past experiences as a patient, Maurizio now strives to deliver quality, one on one care with empathy and passion.  He stays on top of the most cutting edge knowledge by regularly attending HSS, NYU, and Northwell lectures throughout NYC and Long Island.


Maurizio has been a physical therapist for the leading Broadway shows Avenue Q and Once on This Island; the stand-by PT for TV’s Quantico, and countless high school and collegiate athletes. He has also appeared on Eyewitness News demonstrating exercises to benefit marathon runners as well as a guest speaker on Yeshiva University’s sports physical therapy panel. As part of his practice, he continues to see his patients via his wellness program which emphasizes strength and conditioning once they complete their rehab. If you have been searching for a place to go for physical therapy on the Upper East Side Llin Physical Therapy should be your next call! Maurizio can help you heal from countless different injuries involving your hips, knees, and shoulders!

Maurizio Llin -  Midtown Knee Therapist

3 Of The Best At-Home Exercises To Reduce Knee Pain

If you experience any knee pain, these exercises may be beneficial to you. Knee-related issues may include issues such as difficulty balancing, sharp knee pain, or pain when you move your leg. If you have any of these symptoms, these exercises may work for you!

  • Quadriceps Stretch - Stand straight with both feet on the ground. Next, bend one leg towards your back and hold it with the corresponding hand. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch to the other side.

  • Half Squat - Stand with your feet about a foot apart. Keep your back straight and sit into a squatting position. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds.

  • Leg Extensions - Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground. Next, straighten one leg and then put it back down. Do this as many times as you can for each leg.


Physical Therapy After ACL Surgery


As an athlete, one of the most devastating injuries you can face is an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear. The ACL plays a crucial role in keeping the integrity of your knee intact. When the ACL sustains any damage, it can cause pain and diminish your athletic output. Whether you need surgery to repair a tear or are fortunate enough to avoid this route, physical therapy will be a necessary part of the recovery process. At Llin Physical Therapy, we offer knee treatment in Midtown for athletes, so that they can return to the sport they’re missing in as little time as possible.

Signs & Symptoms of an ACL Injury


The faster an ACL tear is diagnosed, the quicker a trained professional will be able to help you recover with knee therapy and ACL rehab. A prompt treatment process limits the potential complications an injury such as this can bring. If you begin to experience any of the below symptoms, contact our staff right away:  


  • A loud popping sensation in the knee at the time of injury.

  • Feelings of instability when placing weight on the knee.

  • Rapid swelling.

  • Reduced range of motion.

  • Experiencing excruciating pain that leads to the inability to continue your activity.


Long Term benefits of Physical therapy for ACL


Physical therapy is a physical-based form of treatment that aims to promote healing from within.  When you visit our team at Llin Physical Therapy, our physical therapist will make a full assessment of your injury to determine the level of intensity your knee can handle before beginning treatment. By utilizing a variety of exercises after an ACL tear, you’ll be able to achieve the following benefits:


  • Management and elimination of pain.

  • Regaining the ability to walk without assistive devices.

  • Reduced swelling in the knee.

  • Improved quadricep contractions.

  • Restored strength in the knee.

  • Mitigate the risk of re-injury. 

ACL Rehabilitation exercises list

One of the most beneficial aspects of physical therapy is that a majority of the stretches and exercises that are taught to you during our knee therapy in Midtown can be performed on your own. Once you’ve mastered the form and techniques, you’ll be able to help your knee heal from the comfort of your own home. Examples of exercises that can be taught include:

  • Half squats.

  • Passive knee extensions.

  • Heel raises.

  • Heel slides.

  • Prone knee flexion.


Patellofemoral pain syndrome & Physical Therapy


Your knees are two of the most crucial joints in your body. They bear almost the entirety of your body weight and allow for activities such as walking, running, and jumping to take place. If you’ve started to experience pain around your kneecap, you could be suffering from what is known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. Though not life-threatening, treatment for this condition should be sought out quickly to stop future complications from taking place. When you believe patellofemoral pain syndrome has become present in your life, knee therapy can be used to correct this problem. Our expert staff at Llin Physical Therapy is well versed in this condition and will have you back to being pain-free in no time at all.

What Is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?   


Patellofemoral pain syndrome is sometimes referred to as runner’s knee and occurs when your kneecap comes in contact with the thigh bone. When this happens, it causes a dull pain to take place in the front of your knee. While the exact cause of contact between the kneecap and thighbone has not yet been determined, the below increases the likelihood of this occurring:

  • Participating in a sport that requires large amounts of running and jumping, which puts repetitive stress on the knee.

  • Muscular imbalances that throw the kneecap out of alignment.

  • Having a history of knee injuries and trauma.

how do i prevent myself from getting Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?


While our physical therapy & knee treatment in Midtown is a viable option for treating this condition, the most effective way is preventing it from occurring altogether. Our physical therapists would like to offer the following advice on preventing patellofemoral pain syndrome, which we hope will allow you to stay pain-free:

  • Avoid sudden changes in intensity during workouts.

  • Always focus on using proper technique when running or jumping.

  • Drop a few extra pounds to limit the stress placed on your knee.

  • Take time to warm up before exercising.

  • Maintain strength in your quadriceps and hip flexors.


Treatment With Llin Physical Therapy


Even after taking precautionary methods, our team at Llin Physical Therapy knows that knee injuries can still occur. When this happens to you, physical therapy can be used to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Through the use of various rehabilitative exercises, our physical therapists can correct any muscular imbalances or structural issues that caused patellofemoral pain syndrome to develop, eliminating any troublesome symptoms. After going through a physical therapy regimen, the chances of you suffering from this condition again in the future is also limited.

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

Iliotibial band syndrome can be extremely painful. This is because the iliotibial is a large band that runs along your thigh. When someone gets ITB syndrome, they often feel pain while running or doing activities. This is due to the inflammation of the iliotibial band. Here at Llin Physical Therapy, we understand the pain and frustration ITB syndrome can cause. Please allow us to provide treatment with our knee treatment in Midtown.    

What is an Iliotibial Band?

An Iliotibial band that many refer to as the IT band, is a band of tissue that runs from the hip to the knee. This band provides support and strength for the knee and leg itself. The IT band is used the day to day to perform normal activities. It is especially important for those who run and/or are very active. Overuse of the IT band can cause injury and because of its importance, can cause a lot of pain.

When does ITB Syndrome occur?

ITB syndrome occurs when inflammation is seen in the IT band. This means that instead of the band smoothly gliding as it should, a large amount of friction occurs in the inflamed area. ITB Syndrome is often seen in athletes like runners and long-distance bikers. ITB occurs when the IT band is overused so it would make sense that these athletes would be most at risk to ITB syndrome. When athletes fail to stretch and train before competing, it can cause harm to their IT band. It is also possible that an athlete may have a lower body imbalance that causes the IT band to compensate. If you’re experiencing pain in your IT band, it is important to reach out to our physical therapist, Maurizio Llin, as he offers knee treatment in Midtown!

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