Hip and Knee Pain Relief Arlington, VA

Hip and Knee Pain Relief

Daniel | Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I came to him after a grade 2 tear of my MCL. I never had a knee injury to this extent before so I was apprehensive and anxious. No BS here. "Oh you're hurt. Let's figure it out and get you back at it." Over the course of these past couple of weeks, Dr. Ujjwal helped me regain range of motion, strength, and confidence in my injured knee through an exercise regimen that gradually increased in difficulty and intensity. One of the most interesting aspects of my rehab program was Dr. Ujjwal's use of the Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) machine. Thanks in no small part to this nifty thing, I'm back on the mats after only about five weeks with Dr. Ujjwal (my orthopedist initially ballparked me for eight weeks).

Jan V.

Ujjwal is the platinum of physical therapists...not just 14 kt gold. He doesn't just turn you over to someone else for strength-training, give you Xerox copies of an exercise program, and merely apply cold packs. He works directly on the muscles to restore blood flow and healing, uses a technique called "dry needled," (no, it doesn't hurt and is apparently used by professionals who receive very specialized training), and gives you hand-drawn and clear pictures of the exercises you are supposed to do at home. He also does taping, recommends reasonably priced equipment to use to support your progress/help eliminate pain (under $20 from Amazon), and uses other equipment that I have never seen at my previous PT's office, but that all helped eliminate the pain that I was experiencing. I was able to complete my rehab for the ACL with Ujjwal in a very short period of time.

Jen G.

I'd been going for therapy elsewhere but it hadn't really helped long term...I'd feel better that day, then as soon as I'd train, my hip would be painful immediately after.

Dylan R.

In my many years as an athlete, I can say with confidence that my rehab and treatment with Ujjwal was the best sports medicine experience I have ever had. I rehabbed with Ujjwal for 2-3 months after surgery and made fantastic progress thanks to his knowledge of the body, his ability to provide exercise guidance (and not just the usual run of the mill PT exercises), and a great training regimen. I was impressed by Ujjwal's compassion, attentiveness, and his willingness to answer any questions or concerns. I highly recommend him to anybody who wants attentive therapy and rehabilitation.

Mel C.

Dr. Ujjwal's method of re-evaluating your progress at intervals helped uncover a torn labrum (pretty badly I might add) in my right hip when I was taking longer than expected to recover.


I was very impressed with the services provided by Dr. Ujjwal Shakya at MMA & Sports Rehab. I tore my hamstring and had to find physical therapy fast.

Margot D.

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Dr. Ujjwal. I have had knee issues since 2009 and have gone through dozens of physical therapists and undergone various treatments. 8 years and three surgeries later and I have finally found a physical therapist who actually cares about my well-being. He is the first physical therapist to truly track my health and progress, and not just physically but holistically. I would recommend anyone to him. He is flexible, accommodating, brilliant, and most importantly, effective!

Kristina J.

Dr. Ujjwal is an amazing doctor; after struggling with hip problems for about 5 years I finally feel like I can really do the things I love again thanks to Dr. Ujjwal.

Adam D.

Dr. Ujjwal, Jaime, and the staff do a great job making you feel comfortable in the PT setting. After my hip surgery, they helped to relieve a lot of the pain.

Angela P.

The doctor and his staff are so professional at MMA, and EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE on how to best help me recover. I was so impressed. I had a ski accident on March 27th where I tore my ACL, MCL, sustained a meniscus debridement and fractured my tibia. I highly recommend them.

Leisl L.

This place is awesome!!! Personalized attention!!! Small shop so everyone there knows all the clients by name and really care about your progress towards being pain-free and back to full physical health. I highly recommend!!!

David E. | MMA Athlete

Dr Ujjwal and his team have helped me progress and rehab through damaged/torn cartilage and ligaments without the need for surgery. If you are an athlete and looking to optimize your recovery, Dr Ujjwal and his team are your best bet.

Dimitri D.

MMA & Sports Rehab helped me recover after a knee surgery. Dr. Shakya is very knowledgeable and was able to help me recover in a matter of 6 weeks.

Jason H. | MMA Athlete

Been going to MMA Sports Rehab since about April for a combination of knee, lower back, shoulder and TMJ issues.

Theresa E.

Through manual physical therapy, strengthening, and education, I have seen some improvement and am optimistic about my future. Dr. Shakya was very understanding of work/life issues and other health issues that made it difficult for me to consistently give 100%, but he met me at my level.

Jacob B.

I currently play for DC United's Youth Academy and had strained my right hip flexor during a match. Dr. Shakya has helped to alleviate the pain in my hip and has also provided me with exercises to help strengthen the area to prevent future injury. Thanks to Dr. Shakya I have gotten back to full fitness faster than I originally had thought possible.

Hip and Knee Pain Bringing You Down? Physical Therapy Can Help You Get Moving Again

Don’t Let Your Hip and Knee Pains Get You Down Any Longer!

Hip joint pain and knee pain can seriously interfere with your life, especially if you are dealing with both.

Do sharp pains in your hip make it difficult to get up in the mornings, move about during the day, and lie back down at night? Do your knees feel painful, or even feel as if they may buckle underneath you without warning?

Whether you’re experiencing hip pain, knee pain, or both, physical therapy can help get to the root of your problem safely and comfortably, without the need for harmful drugs or surgery. Request an appointment at MMA & Sports Rehab today to get moving again!

How can physical therapy help my hip/knee pain?

Our Arlington, VA physical therapists will examine your hip and/or knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion.

After your physical exam is complete, our physical therapists will prescribe a physical therapy plan for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains. They will also focus on normalizing your joint function so you can get back to living life comfortably.

You will be given targeted exercises designed for relieving joint pain and stabilizing weak hip and/or knee tissues. The exercises may vary depending on your condition; for example, research has demonstrated that those suffering from patella pain (kneecap pain) tend to respond better to exercises that focus on strengthening both the hips and knees, rather than just focusing on the knees alone.

You may also be given exercises designed to strengthen the core, including your lower back muscle groups, lower abdominal muscle groups, or pelvic muscles. Core exercises are aimed at straightening your posture and equalizing the weight load on both sides of your body.

Additional specialized treatments may also be added as our physical therapists deem fit, such mobilizations to improve joint movement, or other soft tissue treatments that relieve pain and promote the healing of damaged hip and/or knee tissues.

The physical therapy treatments at MMA & Sports Rehab can help to greatly reduce your hip and knee pain. In many cases, your physical therapist can even relieve your pain altogether, sparing you the need for potentially harmful medication or surgical correction.

How did my hip or knee pain develop?

Pain felt in the hips and/or knees may originate in the joints themselves, but it may also be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body.

For example, your hips and knees are part of the same kinetic chain, meaning they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function together in harmony in order for your body and posture to function properly.

Therefore, a problem with your knee joint may transmit abnormal forces to your hips, and vice versa. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress and deterioration may be placed on another.

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that works to support the weight of your upper body, relying on multiple muscles and tissues to keep it mobile and stable so it can function properly.

Your knee is a hinge joint, confined to forward-and-backward motions. Individually, your knees support more weight than the hips, 6 times your body weight when doing a squat. Proper movement of both your hips and knees allows complicated motions giving you the ability to stand, walk, run, and dance without falling over.

Hip and knee pains can be experienced together or separately, but it is important to note that as the old saying goes, your knee bone is connected to your hip bone, therefore what happens with one, affects the other.

What might be causing my hip/knee pain?

Many times, the hips and knees suffer the same diseases, disorders, and injuries. For example, overuse injuries such as tendinitis and chronic muscle strain are common in both the hips and knees because both joints are constantly in use. They are also both subject to acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, and dislocation.

Hip and knee pain can also be affected by referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve, as the nerve travels through both areas. Imbalances in your stance or gait may cause abnormal stresses and premature wear-and-tear in your hips and knees, resulting in painful symptoms or arthritis.

Some painful conditions may be specific to one joint or the other. Cartilage injuries known as labral tears are specific to hip pain, while inflammation of the bursa sacs known as bursitis is a specific condition affecting the knee joint.

However, painful injuries that cause instability in the hips can also affect the knees. Tight hip flexor muscles and weak gluteus medius muscles can cause the hip to rotate inward without you realizing it. This can cause painful problems such as iliotibial band friction syndrome or patellofemoral stress syndrome, as stress is put on the knee or kneecap.

Find relief today!

Contact MMA & Sports Rehab today to speak with one of our dedicated Arlington, VA physical therapists.

It is time to take a stand against your hip and knee pain – get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief today! Your hips and knees will be glad you did!


  • What causes knee pain?

    The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

  • What can I do to relieve knee pain?

    There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.

  • How do I get rid of knee pain?

    Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.

  • How do you diagnose knee pain?

    Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.