Orthopedic and Posture Issues

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What Is Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, such as ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendon injuries, post-surgical conditions, deformities and other problems related to the musculoskeletal system, such as those caused by improper posture. The main goal of orthopedic physical therapy is regaining the proper range of motion, building up strength, flexibility, and restoring function by using a variety of exercises, stretching, and miscellany of manual techniques. Post-surgery orthopedic physical therapy may help reduce pain, normalize extremity functions, such as walking, improve range of motion, and prevent excessive scar tissue formation.

Conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system:

  • arthritis
  • bursitis
  • frozen shoulder
  • joint pain
  • knee/shoulder instability
  • limited range of motion
  • lower back pain
  • muscular dystrophy
  • plantar fasciitis
  • scoliosis
  • spinal stenosis
  • injuries to joints, muscles, ligaments

Orthopedic physical therapy in treating poor posture problems

Faulty body position can lead to many orthopedic problems we usually are not aware of. The most common consequence of improper posture is misalignment of the spine, knees and ankles when standing and walking. It puts pressure on one part of a joint rather than dispersing the weight across the body evenly and as a result can worsen symptoms of joint disorders, such as arthritis. Another common issue related to bad posture are neck pain and tension headaches as well as a disease called shoulder impingement. Skilled orthopedic physical therapist will teach you how to maintain proper body position and how to stretch and straighten your back to avoid more serious problems in the future.

Physical therapy in treating orthopedic problems

Depending on your condition, our therapist will use a variety of therapeutic modalities, exercises and manual therapy techniques to help repair damage, reduce pain, and restore your physical abilities.

Therapeutic Exercises – to improve strength, mobility and balance.

Manual therapy Strain Counterstrain, Graston Technique  and Soft tissue mobilization) – effective in treating pain, limitations in strength and range of motion of the ailing areas.

Joint mobilization – improves joint range of motion and reduces pain.

Electrical stimulation – uses a low-level electric current to help stimulate injured muscles or calm the nerves to reduce pain and inflammation.

Traction – takes the pain-causing pressure off compressed or damaged joints and nerves.

Laser therapy – increases the energy that cells need to regenerate, stimulates and speeds up the recovery of tissues affected by damage or illness.

Kinesiology taping – helps to reduce pain and inflammation, decompress trigger points, boosts circulation, improves lymphatic drainage and flexibility.

Hot/cold therapy – to treat musculoskeletal pain and swelling.

Get help today!

Orthopedic physical therapy can bring tremendous results in treating a wide array of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. If you suffer from one of them and are looking for an alternative way of treatment to avoid invasive procedures or medication, we strongly advise to apprise physical therapy in the first place. Our experienced therapists, specializing in resolving orthopedic problems, can evaluate your condition and prepare a proper treatment plan, administer therapeutic care and educate you how to manage your current injury or condition to prevent further problems.