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What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Successful recovery is a vital part of every treatment process, whether it’s for treating an injury or recovery and rehabilitation after surgery. But recovering involves more than just resting and taking medication – you also need physical therapy to re-teach your muscles how to behave without causing re-injury.

Orthopedic conditions are those that affect your musculoskeletal system: your ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, and all of the tissues and structures that support them. After suffering an injury or having surgery, your doctor will prescribe that you have orthopedic physical therapy as a complementary treatment to help your body heal.

Let’s talk about what’s involved in this special type of physical therapy, and where you can go to receive this excellent treatment for your own recovery and physical rehabilitation.

Types of Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy can focus on certain types of patients, such as football players, or certain types of conditions, such as arthritis. This way, the therapists can better address the specific needs of the patient, much like how doctors specialize in a particular area of medicine.

Pediatric orthopedic physical therapists (PTs) treat children who have bone or muscle issues. They typically address foot and ankle conditions and scoliosis, which are common musculoskeletal problems in children.

Geriatric orthopedic PTs specialize in treating older adults. They focus on conditions such as arthritis and joint rehabilitation. Mobility exercises also help these patients maintain optimal functioning.

Excessive and repetitive work movements can also cause cumulative damage to your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This is why a significant number of workers require the assistance of orthopedic physical therapists, who work with employers and employees in work conditioning programs for the health and safety of all involved. These physical therapists may also evaluate the workplace for ergonomic evaluations and recommendations.

Orthopedic Therapy for Sports Injuries

PTs can also specialize in sports injuries, and these therapists can quickly treat injuries such as sprained ankles, strained muscles, and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears in the knee. Sports PTs then help you adjust to your condition while you recover, and they help you rebuild your strength, endurance, and agility.

Booking a Physical Therapy Appointment

Through orthopedic physical therapy, you can maximize your range of motion and regain your muscle strength after suffering an injury. It is in your best interest to seek physical therapy from licensed professionals to lessen your pain and speed up your recovery. Our orthopedic physical therapy team applies the latest medical technology and advanced techniques to help our clients get back on their feet. Our providers specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine, treating musculoskeletal conditions of all kinds.

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