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Orthopedic physical therapy emphasizes the prevention, identification, assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and disability due to acute or prolonged musculoskeletal impairment. This includes post-surgical as well as non-surgical conditions. The goal of treatment is to promote optimal tissue regeneration and function. A physical therapist may use a variety of interventions to diminish pain and correct movement impairments associated with orthopedic disorders.

Examples of some commonly used interventions include manual physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, and aquatic therapy as well as ergonomic intervention and education. Therapists who are certified in orthopedic manual therapy techniques are optimally trained and educated to effectively deal with orthopedic disorders.

Who Will Benefit?

Patients who have acute and chronic low-back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, general arthritic complaints, hip and knee osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and muscle strains and joint sprains will benefit from orthopaedic physical therapy intervention. In addition, post-surgical rehabilitation is critical for successful recovery from operations such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, total hip and knee replacement, shoulder decompression, and a variety of spine surgical procedures to name a few.

Where to Go?

At Physical Therapy Specialists, our therapists are required to complete rigorous post graduate training specializing in manual physical therapy techniques which is an integral component of orthopedic care. Techniques are based on clinical components of biomechanics (joint movement), histology (tissue and cell regeneration), neurophysiology(muscle response to pain), traumatology (inflammatory and healing processes), and exercise physiology (exercise techniques). Dr. Inglis is a clinical instructor for physical therapy programs at Chapman University, Loma Linda University and Western University.