The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers provides complete physical therapy and rehabilitation services delivered by licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. Our therapists work together with our orthopaedic surgeons to provide excellent health care services to patients of all ages and health conditions.
What does the process entail?
After your orthopaedic surgeon evaluates your injury or condition he or she may refer you for physical therapy. This initiates the process.
The first step in physical therapy is the Initial Evaluation. This includes a thorough examination. Your physical therapist will obtain a patient history, performing relevant systems reviews, and selecting and administering specific tests and measurements.
Your physical therapist then performs an evaluation, making clinical judgments based on the information obtained during the examination.
Many orthopaedic conditions are best treated without surgery and our physical therapists provide excellent non-operative care. Our therapists utilize our fully equipped physical therapy department to provide accelerated physical therapy protocols for many conditions such as joint replacement and sports related injuries. As a patient at the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers you will find that your wellbeing comes first and that we are all dedicated to restoring your function as quickly as possible.
During the examination, the physical therapist performs tests and measurements that provide information about the status of the musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, and the individual's functional independence. Listed below are examples of types of examinations that a physical therapist might administer.
- Motor function examinations - To assess a person's ability to learn and demonstrate the assumption, maintenance, modification, and control of voluntary postures and movement patterns
- Muscle performance examinations - To assess strength, power and endurance, and to determine an individual's ability to produce movements that are prerequisites for functional activity
- Gait and balance examinations - To assess disturbances in locomotion and balance that may lead to decline in mobility and independence or an increased incidence of falls
- Neuromotor development and sensory integration examinations - To assess motor capabilities, including the acquisition and evolution of movement skills and abilities
- Endurance capacity examinations - To measure the ability to perform work or participate in activities over time, and to indicate the degree and severity of impairment and functional limitation
Plan of Care
Based on the patient's initial evaluation, the physical therapist establishes a plan of care in consultation with the physician. The plan includes specific interventions designed to produce therapeutic changes in the patient's condition.
Physical therapists use the following interventions to achieve patient treatment goals:
- Therapeutic exercises including aerobic conditioning
- Functional training in self-care and home management, including activities of daily living
- Functional training in community or work reintegration
- Recommendation and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive, and protective devices and equipment such as orthoses, prostheses, canes, crutches, braces, etc
- Manual therapy techniques including joint mobilization, massage, myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization
- Debridement and wound care
- Physical agents and mechanical and thermal modalities
- Electrotherapeutic modalities
Professional Profile of Physical Therapists
Our Physical therapists attain their knowledge and skills through extensive academic and clinical education. To enter the profession, physical therapists must have completed at least four years of college, graduated from an accredited professional education program, and secured a license by successfully completing a state licensure examination. Currently, physical therapists enter the profession with a Doctorate or Masters Degree.
Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center maintains and promotes high standards in the provision of physical therapy services and accepts the responsibility to protect the public from unethical, incompetent, or illegal acts. Physical therapists abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Common Conditions for Physical Therapy
Physical therapists treat the consequences of disease and injury by addressing impairments, functional limitations, and/or disabilities in patients. Some of the more common conditions addressed by our physical therapists include the following:
- Orthopedic conditions, such as low back and neck problems, osteoporosis, and fractures
- Joint and soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, hand injuries, fractures and dislocations, and pre- and post-surgical conditions
- Neuro-orthopaedic conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic nerve problems, and brachial plexus injuries
- Connective tissue conditions, such as wounds and burns
- Arthritic conditions, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Workplace injuries, such as commutative trauma and accidents
- Sports injuries, such as ligament tears and meniscus tears