Physical therapy is a treatment method you may need if an orthopedic injury or condition is causing you pain or is making it difficult for you to move or complete everyday tasks.
The goal of physical therapy is to make movement and activity easier, reduce your pain, restore muscular function and strength, and help you return to your pre-injury activities, work, and recreation.
Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you recover following surgery, following an injury, or to alleviate the pains of long-term health problems, including:
- Back pain
- Tendon or ligament injuries or tears
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Multiple sclerosis
The specialty-trained physical therapy experts at Orthopedic Associates provide comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services for patients. These services include conservative injury treatment, pre- and postoperative treatment, and spine care and management.
At Orthopedic Associates, we are proud to offer hand therapy. With specialized training in hand, we are dedicated to the rehabilitation of patients with conditions and injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms, and stress. It also promotes health and wellness. Massage therapy improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and it may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
Massage involves holding, causing movement of soft tissue, and/or applying pressure to the body. It comes in many forms, including:
- Swedish: a gentle, relaxing massage
- Pressure point therapy: for certain conditions or injuries
- Sports massage: focuses on muscle groups relevant to the particular sport
- Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
- Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments, reduces pain and swelling, reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
- Enhances athletic performance
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Fosters peace of mind
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress
- Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Therapeutic massage may not be recommended in some cases, such as for people with:
- Inflammation of the veins (phlebitis)
- Infectious diseases
- Certain forms of cancer
- Some skin conditions
- Some cardiac problems
If you have one of these or another medical condition, always check with your doctor before seeking a massage.
Why choose Orthopedic Associates?
Our specialty-trained physical therapy experts provide comprehensive therapy services. Combining specific exercises and activities to help patients restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion for sports and orthopedic injuries, our experts are dedicated to helping patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely.