Orthopedic Physical Therapy

What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Orthopedic Physical Therapy focuses on rehabilitating musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, and surgeries. It aims to improve mobility, reduce pain, and enhance overall function for patients of all ages. . This includes your tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones and joints in your body including your neck, jaw, low back, sacroiliac joint, shoulder, elbow and hand, hip, knee and ankle joints. Under the umbrella of Orthopedics are other subspecialties. They include sports therapy, hand therapy and women’s health/pelvic health therapy.

What conditions can be treated by Orthopedic Physical Therapists?

  • Acute injury and pain : Acute pain is usually felt immediately after an injury or fall such as a misstep from a stair, a hamstring strain while kicking a soccer ball or sudden back pain while picking up an object from the floor.
  • Chronic conditions: This kind of pain is time-dependent. The pain usually is felt after few weeks or months due to repeated insult to the soft tissues or joints over a period of time. This can be seen in case of painful shoulder impingement due to repeated incorrect overhead movements or arthritic joint pain due to degenerative changes in the joint.
  • Post-operative cases: Therapy is rendered to patients that have undergone hip or knee replacement to help them get back on their feet and recover function.

Commonly Seen Musculoskeletal Conditions Based On Different Regions of the Body

  • Neck Pain: Muscle strain from poor posture or whiplash injury, Degenerative disc and joints from aging, Spinal stenosis, Pinched nerves causing neck pain radiating down into the arms and hands, Headache and jaw pain
  • Shoulder Pain: Supraspinatus impingement, Rotator cuff tears, SICK scapula, Labral tears causing Bankart’s and SLAP lesions, Frozen shoulder from capsular adhesions, Shoulder instability, Arthritis
  • Back Pain: Muscular & ligamentous strain from repetitive activities, Spondylolysis, Herniated disc, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal stenosis, Sciatica/Radiculopathy causing radiating pain down the legs, Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Pain: Trochanteric bursitis, Femoroacetabular Impingement, Gluteal and Iliopsoas tendonitis, Snapping psoas, Gluteus medius weakness, Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Pain: Medial/Lateral collateral ligament sprain, Quadriceps/hamstrings strain, ACL injury, Patellar tendonitis, Patellofemoral pain, Osteoarthritis
  • Ankle/Foot Pain: Achilles tendonitis, Heel pain/heel spur, Plantar fasciitis, Sprains and Strains, Common peroneal nerve and tibial nerve entrapment, Morton’s neuroma
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What are the benefits of seeing an Orthopedic Physical Therapist?

  • Avoid Surgery: physical therapy can help either postpone or avoid expensive and painful surgeries.
  • Pain Relief: Targets the underlying cause of pain to promote long-term relief.
  • Improved Function: Restores joint mobility, strength, and flexibility.
  • Faster Recovery: Facilitates quicker recovery from injuries and surgeries.
  • Prevention of Recurrence: Teaches strategies to prevent future injuries and manage chronic conditions.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Empowers individuals to regain independence and participate in daily activities with confidence.

The waiting time to see a PT for an initial consult can be far less. Owing to direct access and not requiring a physician’s referral, a physical therapist/PT may be able to help in some instances to avoid delayed healing.

What does the Orthopedic Physical Therapist use to achieve these objectives?

  • Assessment and Diagnosis: Evaluates the patient’s condition to develop a personalized treatment plan.
  • Manual Therapy Techniques: Hands-on interventions to improve joint mobility, soft tissue flexibility, and reduce pain.
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Customized exercise programs to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and enhance proprioception.
  • Functional Training: Integrates movements relevant to daily activities or sports to optimize function.
  • Patient Education: Provides guidance on proper body mechanics, injury prevention, and self-management techniques.

Orthopedic physical therapy offers a holistic approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions, promoting healing, and restoring function without the need for invasive procedures or long-term medication use.

If you’re experiencing joint pain or mobility limitations, consider consulting with our orthopedic physical therapist at Victor Physical Therapy to explore non-invasive treatment options. Together, you can embark on a journey toward a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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