We focus on the musculoskeletal system and injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. The goal of it is, though, the same, to relieve pain and help the patient have better life quality by improving the function of the orthopedic (musculoskeletal) system— muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Orthopedic and sports physical therapy can be beneficial on many occasions and treat multiple conditions from falls, car accidents, and sports-related injuries to chronic injuries.
Sports injury treatment has the best outcomes when professional orthopedic and sports physical therapy are combined.
The treatment usually focuses on building strength, flexibility, and improving range of motion.
An acute injury is when trauma happens to the body, such as a sprained ankle, herniated disk, etc.
In this case, an orthopedic PT can help manage pain, regain range of motion, rebuild strength, and educate how to live with the restrictions of the injury and avoid it in the future.
Another type of injury is a chronic injury. Its damage to your body that occurs over time. Usually, it’s caused by small, repetitive injuries to your tendons, bones, or joints.
Among these injuries are tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, etc. A therapist can help manage pain, swelling and educate how to manage it on your own.
Orthopedic physical therapy and advanced orthopedic physical therapy are also often used to treat various health conditions. Here are some of the most common of them.
Knee conditions: ACL tear, meniscus tear, knee replacement, knee pain.
Foot conditions: ankle, foot sprains, Achilles tendon tears and injuries, heel pain.
Hip conditions: bursitis, pain, reduced mobility.
Shoulder conditions: clavicle fracture, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tear.
Spine conditions: a herniated disc, lower back pain, scoliosis
Other: arthritis, Lyme disease, fractures, etc.
You should consider seeking out an orthopedic physical therapist if you have any of the conditions mentioned above.
Manage pain. Therapeutic exercises and other treatment modalities can help reduce or eliminate pain. Physical therapy achieves this without the use of addictive medications and harmful injections.
Improve mobility. Orthopedic physical therapy can help with daily functions like walking, climbing stairs, or doing your favorite sports.
Strengthen muscles. Prolonged immobilization due to bone fractures, pain, or surgery can cause a rapid decrease in muscle strength. Orthopedic therapy can help build muscle strength and restore the ability to move.
Manage aging problems. An orthopedic physical therapist can help senior patients manage medical conditions and recover from surgery.
Avoid invasive therapy. If the orthopedic physical therapy is effective, the likelihood of you needing surgery is significantly reduced.
Prevent falls. Orthopedic physical therapy builds strength, improves balance, and helps prevent falls that lead to more injury.
Improve the quality of life. Taking care of your body with the help of an orthopedic therapist helps improve your quality of life. You can return to the tasks you were doing earlier and resume your accustomed lifestyle.