Orthopedic physiotherapy works on the musculoskeletal system. The system comprises bones, muscles, and joints all through the body.
These components are prone to strains, sprains after surgery, injuries, or fracture.
Orthopedic areas include the back, limbs, and neck that can be affected on any part of the body.
Thankfully physiotherapy contributes a lot to treat orthopedic conditions. Some common types of orthopedic physiotherapy are
- Shoulder therapy
- Hand therapy
- Knee therapy
- Sports therapy
- Physical rehabilitation
Orthopedic physical therapy involves the care for the musculoskeletal system, which comprises of
- connective tissue
- ligaments and tendons
Orthopedic physical therapy is given in hospitals, outpatient clinics, sports facilities, trained nursing facilities, and also at your home.
Conditions treated by Orthopedic physiotherapy
Orthopedic physiotherapy help treats almost all conditions that affect your mobility or movement in daily life.
If you have undergone surgery, orthopedic physiotherapy helps eliminate pain, improve your mobility, walking and prevent the building up of added scar tissue. Also, it can help you get back to normal mobility, balance, and strength.
People who undergo the following surgeries also seek help from orthopedic physiotherapist like
- Knee replacement
- Rotator cuff repair
- Knee arthroscopy
- Hip replacement
- Cancer surgery
- Heart surgery
Some of the treatments also used with orthopedic physiotherapy are
The physiotherapist would build an exercise regime that would include mobility, strengthening, and balance-building exercises.
Make sure you practice the exercises under the supervision of your physiotherapist to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly. After you get to learn the right way to do the exercises you can continue doing them at home individually to enhance your mobility and strength.
Traction helps reduce the pressure off the affected or compressed joints. The technique is performed by the physiotherapist manually with hands or with the help of equipment. This technique is helpful for patients suffering with
- Lower back pain
- Degenerative disc spine issues
- Neck pain
Hot & Cold Therapy
Orthopedic physiotherapist utilizes both hot and cold therapy to treat swelling and musculoskeletal pain. Heat & ice prevents muscle damage.
Soft tissue manipulation
This therapy is a manual physical therapy wherein the physiotherapist utilizes hands-on techniques on the ligaments, muscles, and fascia. The technique helps maximize muscle function.
Here the physiotherapist would add water therapy to the existing treatment plan. The exercises are performed in a pool.
This therapy is beneficial if you have injuries or joint problems as water offers resistance.