Orthopedic physical therapists are physical therapists who have received additional training and education in orthopedics. Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones.
Like general physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy can help relieve pain and help you function better. Orthopedic physical therapy can also help you recover after orthopedic surgery and help you regain functionality of the operated area(s).
Non-specialized physical therapists can practice elements of orthopedic physical therapy without completing a residency or certification program, but physical therapists who have completed orthopedic specialist programs are considered experts in the field.
Reasons you should see our orthopedic specialists:
- Arthritis (a condition causing pain and inflammation in a joint)
- Neck or back pain
- Work injuries or accidents
- Sports injuries or accidents
- Post-orthopedic surgery recoveries
- Knee conditions
- Foot and ankle conditions
- Shoulder conditions
- Hip conditions
- Prosthetic training (learning how to use an artificial body part)