Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Physical Therapy is the provision of care for those individual of all ages with disorders or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic Physical Therapists are skilled in management and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. They are experts in the assessment of movement and can help individuals move better often with less pain, through skilled manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and patient education.
Who Can Benefit from Orthopedic Physical Therapy?
- Individuals recovering from orthopedic surgeries, such as joint replacements or repairs.
- People with acute or chronic musculoskeletal injuries, such as fractures, sprains, or strains.
- Athletes seeking rehabilitation after sports-related injuries or surgeries.
- Individuals with degenerative conditions, such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
- Those experiencing chronic pain or limitations in movement due to orthopedic conditions.
- Individuals with posture and alignment issues, including scoliosis or kyphosis.
- People with work-related injuries or overuse conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.
- Individuals looking to prevent injuries or optimize performance through conditioning and strengthening exercises.
- Those requiring pre- or post-operative rehabilitation to enhance surgical outcomes and facilitate recovery.
- Individuals with gait abnormalities or difficulties with walking or balance.
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Techniques
- Manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue mobilization, and massage.
- Therapeutic exercises to improve strength, flexibility, range of motion, and overall conditioning.
- Functional training and movement re-education to enhance daily activities and restore functional abilities.
- Balance and proprioception exercises to improve stability and prevent falls.
- Modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or therapeutic ultrasound to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and promote tissue healing.
- Education and advice on proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and injury prevention techniques.
- Customized home exercise programs to promote self-management and continuation of progress outside of therapy sessions.
- Use of assistive devices, orthotics, or adaptive equipment as needed for mobility or function.
- Postural and alignment assessments and correction techniques.
- Activity modification and graded return-to-sport programs for athletes.
- Manual stretching techniques and stretching protocols to improve flexibility and joint mobility.
- Patient-specific rehabilitation protocols following orthopedic surgeries, such as joint replacements, ligament repairs, or tendon repairs.
- Progress tracking and ongoing reassessment to modify treatment plans and ensure continued progress.