Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic injuries and issues are a common problem that affects people of all ages and activity types. With the rise in emphasis on exercise and sports activities, the need for orthopedic care and coordinating therapy has never been greater. Whether an acute injury or a chronic condition, orthopedic problems can greatly benefit from physical therapy, or more specifically, orthopedic therapy.
What is Orthopedic Therapy?
Orthopedic injuries refer to those that affect bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Medical specialists are becoming more and specialized, and physical therapists are no exception to this.
Orthopedic therapists are those who focus their practice on caring for acute and chronic orthopedic problems. These therapists are extensively trained in evaluating and treating these musculoskeletal disorders. Many orthopedic therapists are certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as an "orthopedic clinical specialist," or "OCS."
Who Would Benefit From Orthopedic Therapy?
Orthopedic therapy is beneficial in treating a large variety of orthopedic conditions. Patients who suffer acute musculoskeletal injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear or Achilles tendon strain, can benefit from immediate treatment to control pain and swelling, followed by progressive strengthening, range of motion, and eventual regain of normal function.
The same can be said for patients who are post-orthopedic surgical procedures, as orthopedic therapy can help accelerate every phase of their recovery as well as maximize the outcome.
Patients with chronic orthopedic conditions can certainly benefit from orthopedic therapy as well. Many times with long-standing orthopedic disorders, such as arthritis or chronic tendonitis, there are deficits in areas like strength, posture, and range of motion that can be corrected by an orthopedic therapist.
What Makes Orthopedic Therapy Unique?
With orthopedic therapy, strong emphasis is placed on the body functioning as a unit. An orthopedic therapist will understand how pain and disability can limit a patient's functionality, and will likewise be able to focus on key areas of treatment to remove limitations and restore full function. An orthopedic therapist will use state-of-the-art techniques and exercise programs, as well as tools and equipment when needed, to progress a patient through the necessary phases to ensure that they are ready for a full return to the activities that they love.