Orthopedic Injuries and Conditions

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Who can benefit from Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy can help individuals who have mild to severe pain or limitations which may be intermittent or continuous. Whether you have had trauma, a repetitive use injury, muscle strains, misaligned joints, disc degeneration or a pinched nerve, a full physical therapy evaluation can determine the root cause of your current symptoms and get you back to efficient function.

Skilled physical therapy can help with loss of function or pain in any of the following areas:

  • Spine: neck, thoracic, lumbar (lower back), sacrum and coccyx
  • Upper Extremities: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
  • Head and jaw
  • Lower Extremities: Hip, groin, knee, ankle, foot and toes
  • As well as in conditions that result in difficulty walking, running, standing, sitting, sleeping, bending, lifting and chewing
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Physical therapist diagnosing patient with painful arm

Diagnoses we treat include:

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries – RSI: rotator cuff tear, labral tear, shoulder and hip impingement syndromes, tendinitis and tendinosis
  • Soft-tissue Injuries: muscle, tendon and fascia strains and sprains, bursitis
  • Radicular pain / Radiculitis: pain from the neck or back down the arm, or leg, sciatica
  • Neuritis - inflammation of the nerve
  • Head and face traumas and pain, concussion
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ, TJD)
  • Neck injuries and pain: bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease (DDD), degenerative joint disease (DJD).
  • Shoulder injuries: rotator cuff tears, bursitis, frozen shoulder, impingement, shoulder dislocation, AC joint dislocation
  • Elbow injuries: cubital tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s or baseball elbow (medial epicondylitis), etc.
  • Wrist and hand injuries: carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, de Quervain's syndrome, etc.
  • Back pain: sciatica, disc herniation, DDD, DJD, rib traumas and pain
  • Sacroiliac dysfunction (SIJ): pain in the buttock area, piriformis syndrome
  • Coccydynia: tail bone pain, coccyx misalignment, fractured coccyx
  • Hip derangements and pain: hip bursitis, groin pain, and buttock pain, etc.
  • Knee traumas: ligamentous injuries - ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, torn meniscus, chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral syndrome, etc.
  • Foot and ankle problems: Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, foot neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, etc.

What is orthopedic physical therapy treatment?

Each patient and diagnosis are different. Physical therapy treatments used to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions vary and can include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Visceral mobilization
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Positional release techniques
  • Proprioceptive training 
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM),

Patient education is an important element of your treatment and may include:

  • Postural reeducation
  • Nutritional education 
  • Specific strengthening exercises, functional lengthening exercises, and exercises for core and global muscle strengthening and coordination.
  • Balance training

Who treats orthopedic conditions at H&D Physical Therapy?

Assessment and treatment are performed by licensed physical therapists specially trained to address musculoskeletal conditions. If you are experiencing any of the above diagnoses or symptoms schedule an appointment today.

If you have questions regarding treatments available, or whether PT is appropriate for you, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss your situation in advance of an evaluation session.