Orthopedics care forms the foundation of our physical therapy practice. That's because it's possible for just about anyone to require these services at some point. Our therapists have undergone extensive training to enable them to meet the needs of our patients who have conditions that are suitable for orthopedic treatment. Accordingly, we can evaluate and treat a wide range of problems as well as provide a long-term management plan.
Assessing the nature and extent of a condition is essential to creating a treatment program. This evaluation requires a holistic approach that involves questions regarding the patient's experience of pain in the muscles, bones and joints. Other important factors include weakness in extremities, limitations on range of motion and tendency toward fatigue.
Our physical therapists will conduct a visual examination of the patient's appearance, and may also thoroughly assess problems with gait, the need for assistance in walking, the inability to move in bed or the absence of handgrip strength, depending upon the nature of the suspected condition and the presented symptoms. A comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation is often the first step toward a successful treatment plan.
Surgical procedures are sometimes required to correct various ailments and physical problems. For many patients, having the surgery behind them is a relief, but it's important to understand that this is only the beginning of the recovery process. Post-operative rehabilitation is crucial to returning to full functionality.
Our physical therapists are experts when it comes to post-operative rehabilitation. Their education and experience has prepared them to help patients who are recovering from surgery that was performed on a variety of areas such as the:
Post-operative physical therapy is aimed at enhancing the patient's quality of life and maximizing their recovery after surgery. Physical therapy may limit complications and restore patient self-esteem. Often these efforts include a variety of exercises, strategizing to reduce pain and massage.
Joint Replacement Therapy
Arthritic or otherwise dysfunctional joints are commonly replaced via orthopedic surgery. The road to recovery after this kind of procedure is typically a long one. Fortunately, working closely with a physical therapist provides essential guidance that ensures a more complete and meaningful recovery.
Our physical therapists may provide comprehensive joint replacement therapy before and after the procedure. Pre-operative consultations often help to speed recovery, leading to shorter hospitalizations. Post-operative rehabilitation is frequently the key to restoring function and range of motion. By providing guidance and motivation along with training patients to perform important exercises, our therapists can shorten the road to recovery.
Estimates suggest that approximately eight out of every 10 adults experiences back pain on a regular basis. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that our physical therapists are specialists when it comes to dealing with spinal injuries. Rehabilitation techniques may involve manual therapy, the prescription of stretching and strengthening exercises and teaching the patient better body-alignment habits. Our efforts to help patients recover from spine injuries often leads to healthier, more active lifestyles.
Rotator cuff injuries are extraordinarily common thanks to the overuse of the shoulder joint or muscle imbalances. Other shoulder problems could include bursitis, biceps tendonitis and frozen shoulder. Whether shoulder pain comes about as a result of sports, the repetitive motions required while on-the-job or an accident, these conditions can often be treated with an aggressive program of physical therapy. Our specialists work with patients to correct muscle imbalances and to heal injuries. Often, a program of exercises and modest lifestyle adjustments are enough to overcome shoulder problems.
Tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis and other conditions can all cause pain in the elbow joint. Just as troubling, many people lose range of motion because of one of these or a related condition. It's not necessary to live with these kinds of limitations. Make an appointment with our physical therapists to learn a number of range of motion exercises that are gentle and clinically proven to restore strength and movement.
Wrist and Hand Care
Overuse and even everyday wear and tear can cause considerable damage to the hands and wrists. This damage is painful and may also limit range of motion. For most people, this means that they cannot engage in favorite or common activities without being forced to endure considerable discomfort. With the guidance of our experienced physical therapists, there is no need for patients to continue to limit their activities because of hand and wrist pain. We can easily prescribe a series of treatments and exercises that are designed to restore comfort and functionality.
Many muscles support the functionality of the hip. When there is an imbalance in these muscles, hip pain can be the result. Our physical therapists can help you to build the strength and flexibility of your hip joints to ease the level of pain you experience. If you're serious about ending the negative cycle of pain, loss of flexibility and avoiding everyday movements, then it's time to make an appointment with one of our compassionate physical therapists.
Knees are made up of several components, all of which are put under enormous pressure every day. Perhaps this is why knee pain and injuries are so common. Conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament injuries, tendinitis, bursitis and others can create ongoing pain and related issues. Those suffering from knee pain tend to avoid physical activity, which may only aggravate the condition. Fortunately, a program of physical therapy that is designed to restore range of motion and strength can end this cycle.
Foot and Ankle Care
From turf toe and bunions to plantar fasciitis and Achilles ruptures, our physical therapists have seen and treated it all. Many of our patients endure ongoing pain and discomfort in their feet or ankles that prevents them from fully enjoying life. Our physical therapists have the knowledge and skills that are required to change that pattern. Schedule an appointment today to learn how to ease foot and ankle pain with physical therapy.