Orthopedics is a medical specialty that works to address dysfunction within the musculoskeletal system. It focuses on the diagnosis, correction, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin that make up the musculoskeletal system.
A general orthopedic physical therapist has a whole-body approach, which helps make connections between orthopedic conditions in various parts of the body. Patient's conditions may have developed over time, from an injury, or from surgery. Specialized orthopedic treatment can allow the patient to regain their range of motion, strength, endurance and control through guided exercises and manual treatments.
A comprehensive orthopedic evaluation will allow for an accurate diagnosis to both treat the current problem and help prevent future injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
Common diagnoses treated include:
- muscle sprains and strains
- joint pain (arthritis)
- neck and back pain
- Torn ligaments
- Recovery following fracture
- Post-surgical care