About Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, for example sprains, strains, post-fracture aftercare, post-operative conditions, spinal conditions, tendinitis or bursitis.
You may have limited functional mobility, loss of strength or range of motion due to an injury to a bone, joint, tendon, ligament or muscle. These injuries may limit you from enjoying your daily activities. You may also have certain limitations after a surgery and your surgeon may want you to see a physical therapist who can guide you through pre or post-operative rehabilitation. Physical therapy may help your injury heal, improve strength, range of motion and functional mobility.
How Physical Therapy Helps
Physical therapist will evaluate you and develop an individual rehab program that may include pain management, modalities, such as ice, heat or ultrasound, manual therapy (“hands-on therapy”), therapeutic exercises, functional exercises or home exercises.
Exercise is often your main tool to help you move better, recover and prevent future orthopedic problems. Individual rehabilitation program may include strengthening, stretching and flexibility exercises, balance, functional mobility as well as endurance exercises.