Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapy is focused on the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, ligament, and joint dysfunction. Our therapists have many years of experience treating orthopedic conditions. Orthopedic Physical Therapy is a non-invasive and very successful option for joint sprains, strains, arthritic conditions and herniated discs in the spine. Surgery often can be avoided if physical therapy is utilized first for many orthopedic conditions.

Our therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a customized exercise routine for you, based on your limitations and goals. Most commonly, we focus on decreasing pain, increasing range of motion and strength, reducing swelling, improving posture, and restoring function. We use a hands on approach and utilize modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and cold, as needed to help our patients achieve their goals. We also utilize a technique called soft tissue mobilization with instrumentation (Hawk Grips) to improve tissue mobility and to reduce pain.

What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy is a hands on approach to assist in the improvement of tissue mobility and to reduce pain. A study by Deyle et al. (2000) found that, “a combination of manual physical therapy and supervised exercise is more effective than no treatment in improving walking distance and decreasing pain, dysfunction, and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.” Similar findings have been discovered for patients with neck, back, hip, ankle, and shoulder ailments.

What is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)?
We have an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) on Staff with 25 years of experience with orthopedic conditions. The American Physical Therapy Association awards the OCS to thera lists who have extensive experience in orthopedics and successful exam completion.

McKenzie Approach
We have found the McKenzie approach to spine care very useful in our daily practice. This is a mechanical evaluation and treatment of the spine that is noninvasive. Many patients respond with pain reduction in the first day. This approach is patient centered and focuses on teaching the patient how to minimize and eliminate their pain.

Please visit The McKenzie Institute for further information on the McKenzie approach.

Please refer to our Patient Education section for more information on Orthopedic Physical Therapy.