An Orthopedic Physical Therapist is a specialist who is an expert in evaluating, treating, and managing patients with orthopedic conditions. They can help individuals experiencing musculoskeletal pain and movement dysfunction following an injury or surgery. Some of these conditions include sprains, strains, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, ligament tears, muscle tears, joint/muscle/tendon inflammation, fracture, joint stiffness, joint pain, rotator cuff repair, post-arthroscopy, and total joint replacement surgeries. Sessions are focused on providing skilled one-on-one care to allow the patient to quickly and effectively return to their daily activities, exercise, sports, or doing whatever they love.
The first session is the physical therapy evaluation, which is comprised of a comprehensive assessment performed to determine the underlying cause and develop a plan for treatment. A variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy (joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, manual muscle stretching, etc.), kinesiotaping, dry needling, corrective exercise, home program development, and education are used to speed up recovery and empower the patient.