If you have an injury or illness that affects your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments, you may benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist trained in orthopedic physical therapy. The focus of orthopedic physical therapy is to help your injury heal properly and improve your strength, range of motion, and overall functional mobility in order to maximize your quality of life.
Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of your joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Orthopedic injuries and conditions may include:
After surgery, you may have specific limitations that your surgeon wants you to adhere to. At Pelvic & Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialists, we can help guide you through your postoperative rehab program to get you back to your normal lifestyle quickly and safely. As part of your treatment, we may use specific tools to help you during your rehab. These may include:
- Therapeutic modalities like heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation
- Assistive devices, such as walkers or canes
- Evaluation and assessment tools
- Mobilization or soft tissue massage
- Taping techniques
- Dry needling
While we may use various instruments and tools to help you move better and get better, exercise is often your main tool to help you recover fully and prevent future orthopedic problems. Exercises in orthopedic physical therapy often involve strengthening, stretching, balance, endurance and functional mobility training. As part of your treatment plan, we will also educate and guide you on a home program to assist with your recovery.