The specialized area of orthopedic physical therapy includes the evaluation, management, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. The goal of this area of physical therapy is to restore the musculoskeletal system which is made up of bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons back to working at its best. A wide range of disorders, such as fractures, sprains, and strains, joint pain, arthritis, back pain, and postural abnormalities, can be diagnosed and treated by orthopedic physical therapist.
Pre- and Post-operative rehabilitation from injuries to various of the body’s joints, muscles, and ligaments are some of the many conditions which orthopedic physical therapy accomplishes.
Examples of Conditions treated by Orthopedic Physical Therapist:
Orthopaedic physical therapy is employed to treat a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:
- • Muscular strains and sprains
- • Joint pain and arthritis
- • Back and neck pain
- • Fractures and dislocations
- • Tendon and ligament injuries
- • Postural abnormalities.
- • Sports-related injuries
- • Ligament sprain, strain or tear
- • Fracture Rehabilitation
- • Inflammation of tendons or Bursa
- • Osteo -Arthritis
- • Rheumatoid – Arthritis
- • Osteoporosis
- • Ankylosing Spondylitis
- • Scoliosis
- • Spondylolisthesis
- • Spondylolysis
- • Surgical Rehabilitation of Hip, Shoulder, Knee and Foot/Ankle
How is Orthopaedic condition treated?
Orthopaedic physical therapy employs a range of treatment modalities to target certain problems and facilitate healing. Several of the frequently used therapies consist of:
- • Manual therapy: It is a method of moving the joints in a carefully graded way to relieve pain and regain normal mobility. It consists of manipulation, mobilization, and other associated methods.
- • Massage techniques: It ranges from light pressure to deep friction, with the goal of breaking down scar tissue in the muscles and ligaments.
- • Neuromuscular Stimulation: Very weak muscles can be strengthened by applying varying currents from an electrical equipment utilizing electrodes. This is a great way to strengthen the muscles that support the knee after knee surgery.
- • Dry needling is a western medical procedure in which damaged muscles are punctured with tiny needles. Dry needling works by assisting the body in healing trigger sites and altering how it perceives pain. Myofascial trigger points are achy nodules seen in tense muscular bands. Dry needling induces metabolic and electrical changes that support the healing process.
- • Strengthening Exercises
- • Stretching and Flexibility Exercise
- • Balance Exercises
- • Functional Mobility Exercises
- • Endurance Training
- • Taping for alignment and joint support.
- • Program of Rehabilitation Exercises: Scientifically formulated at-home exercises can aid with posture, enhance spine and joint mobility, and stabilize and strengthen the muscles that support your bones. Your maximum potential will be realized as this will be tailored to you and assessed accordingly. This is an essential step in getting back to your optimal health.
How can I receive Orthopedic Rehabilitation?
Schedule an appointment with Advance Physical Therapy to get an overall treatment plan set up and ask your physical therapist if your condition can be treated and could aid your healing and performance. Call us to schedule an appointment today!