The Role of Physical Therapy
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
After most orthopedic injuries, whether the patient needs surgery or simply rest to let the strained joint, tendon, or muscle heal, there will be some physical therapy. This is an important aspect of successful orthopedic treatment to regain full motion and function.
At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, to make it as easy as possible for our patients, we offer physical therapy on-site at our Midland facility. This part of our services is called Exos Physical Therapy.
What are the purposes of physical therapy?
We may advocate physical therapy for a variety of reasons. You may need it to:
- Relieve pain
- Improve range of motion
- For recovery from sports injuries
- As a way to avoid surgery
- For rehabilitation after an accident, injury, surgery, or stroke
- To regain balance and to prevent falls
- To manage chronic illnesses such as arthritis
- To help you learn to use assistive devices such as walkers
What will my physical therapist do?
At your first appointment with your Exos Physical Therapist, together the two of you will assess your needs. You’ll describe your pain, the limitations to your movement, and other issues. If you’ve had surgery, there will be a more standard set of protocols to aid in your rehabilitation and recovery.
Your therapist will likely test certain actions:
- How well you can move, reach, bend, or grasp
- How well you’re walking and your ability to climb stairs
- Your heart rhythm while performing certain actions
- Posture and balance
From there, your therapist will create a treatment plan. This will be a combination of your goals (for instance, to reduce pain and increase range of motion), plus recommended exercises your therapist feels will help you reach those goals.
Your PT treatment may include:
- Exercises or stretches guided by your therapist
- Massage, heat, or cold therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Practice with devices such as canes or walkers
Initially, your PT will be done at Exos Physical Therapy in our offices. Gradually, this may move to your home, if applicable.
Do you have questions about our physical therapy services at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists? Call us at (432) 520-3020 to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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