What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

And how can it help you?

An Orthopedic Physical Therapist specializes in treating conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system. It involves many hands-on techniques, manual therapy, and exercises to improve many things – such as flexibility and strength of muscles, increasing range of motion of joins, reducing inflammation in joints and tendons, as well as reducing scar tissue post-surgery. This means that Orthopedic PTs can treat almost any condition that affects your ability to move or physically function in your everyday life.

What does your musculoskeletal system include? It includes your ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles, bones, and all connective tissue.

So what are some conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system?

  • Arthritis
  • joint pain
  • knee instability
  • limited range of motion
  • lower back pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • scoliosis
  • stroke
  • plantar fasciitis
  • muscular dystrophy

Orthopedic Physical Therapists also help a lot of patients who are recovering after surgeries. This is to help reduce pain, improve walking or a limited range of motion, and scar tissue.

Patients often need an Orthopedic PT after surgeries/injuries like:

  • rotator cuff repair
  • knee replacement
  • hip replacement
  • herniated disk
  • sprained ankle
  • torn meniscus
  • shin splints
  • tennis elbow
  • carpal tunnel

So don’t wait to get checked up by an Orthopedic certified Physical Therapist. One can analyze your movement to find the source of injury or problem. They can improve pain, swelling, stiffness, immobility, as well as give you advice on preventing injuries in the future.

If you suffer from any of the aforementioned problems, give us a call today to get treated by Dr. Mathew.

Fun Fact: Did you know she has been awarded the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists? A specialization that requires thousands of hours of training and is earned by only 5% of Physical Therapists across the country.