What is Orthopedic Care?

orthopedicOrthopedic physical therapists diagnose, manage and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They also help people recover from orthopedic surgery. This specialty of physical therapy is most often found in the out-patient clinical setting. Orthopedic therapists are trained in the treatment of post-operative joints, sports injuries, arthritis and amputations, among other injuries and conditions. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot packs and cold packs, and electrical stimulation are often used to speed recovery in the orthopedic setting. Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments or tendons of the body may benefit from assessment by a physical therapist specialized in orthopedics.

Program Goals

Our programs consist of goals designed with our patients condition and objectives in mind. Most commonly we try address:

Decreased Pain

Modalities such as heat/cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, manual therapy techniques are performed in combinations depending on the individual being treated to alleviate and provide short and long term relief from pain.

Increased Range of Motion and Flexibility

Restoration of proper and pain free function often begins with restoring normal range of motion and proper movement in the joint or muscle group affected. Manual therapy techniques, specific medical exercise and functional activities are utilized to remodel movement patterns, lengthen shortened muscles and connective tissues and improve functional use of body systems.

Improved Strength and Conditioning

Specifically targeted therapeutic exercises and therapeutic activities are used to strengthen affected areas, promote effective synergy of muscular coordination and strengthen muscle groups that have developed a weakness caused by disease, surgery, or debilitation.

Patient Education

One on one time with a Licensed Physical Therapist to develop and promote habits to improve the current condition and prevent further injury or debilitation. Education goals include: correct postural awareness, correct and proper exercise technique, home exercise programs to continue progress related to your physical therapy program.


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