Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Indianapolis

We Help Heal and Restore Your Musculoskeletal Health

What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Orthopedic Physical Therapy deals with treating your musculoskeletal system. This includes your tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones and joints. We pretty much treat all major joints/regions 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?

  1. Acute conditions causing 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

What are the benefits of seeing an Orthopedic Physical Therapist?

  1. Avoid Surgery: physical therapy can help either postpone or avoid expensive and painful surgeries.
  2. Reduce or eliminate pain
  3. Improve strength, endurance and conditioning to a specific activity
  4. Improve flexibility and range of motion
  5. Learn to better manage your condition and prevent future injuries
  6. Help to quickly re-integrate and return back to doing what you like
  7. 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?
  • Therapeutic Exercise and movement re-education
  • Manual therapy/hands-on approach such as soft tissue massage and joint mobilization
  • Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, TENS / NMES, Heat/Cold application
  • Taping

At Victor Physical Therapy, our orthopedic physical therapy programs are designed to address musculoskeletal issues, helping you recover from injuries, surgeries, and chronic painful conditions. We focus on restoring mobility, reducing pain, and enhancing your overall function.