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What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., involves holistic exercises and stretching techniques that help you heal from an injury, strengthen muscles and joints, and prevent re-injury. Your orthopaedic specialist might recommend physical therapy if you’ve recently had surgery or are recovering from an injury.
Why might I require physical therapy?
Physical therapy enhances the healing of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, and other soft tissue injuries. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy if you have one or more of the following.
- Strains and sprains
- Muscle aches
- Joint damage
- Knee, hip, shoulder, or back injuries
- Chronic pain
Physical therapy helps restore strength, flexibility, and balance. It can accelerate healing naturally, reduce chronic pain, and is essential after joint replacement.
What happens during treatment?
During the first physical therapy appointment, your provider reviews your medical and surgical history and discusses your symptoms. They perform a physical exam and have you complete baseline tests that measure strength, flexibility, and overall musculoskeletal function.
Your provider develops a personalized physical therapy treatment to optimize your recovery. They show you which exercises and stretches to complete during appointments and at home between physical therapy sessions. Your provider assists you with deep stretches whenever necessary.
How long will I need physical therapy?
Your therapist lets you know what to expect and how many sessions you require to achieve desirable results. The length of time treatment lasts depends on the type and severity of your injury, and the progress you make along the way. Initially, you may require physical therapy one to three times weekly, and sessions might last several months.
Which additional treatments might I require?
Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend additional treatments in addition to physical therapy.
- Massage therapy
- Wearing a brace
- Heat or ice treatment
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Regenerative medicine
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Steroid or hyaluronic acid injections
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
Your Western Orthopaedics, P.C., specialist recommends the least invasive treatment options first but offers surgery for severe injuries or long-lasting pain.
When you’re ready to achieve pain relief and improved musculoskeletal function naturally with physical therapy, schedule an appointment with Western Orthopaedics, P.C., over the phone or request one online today.