Types of Orthopedic Physiotherapy

December 4th, 2017 | in Physiotherapy White Rock

Orthopedic physiotherapy involves treatment of the whole musculoskeletal system of the body (all of the bones and muscle within the body) that has issues cause by trauma to the area. The issues may include sprains, breaks, strains, repetition injuries, and post-surgery rehabilitation.

An orthopaedic physical therapist diagnoses, manages, and treats disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as rehabilitates patients after they have had an orthopaedic surgery. An orthopaedic physical therapist may use a variety of therapeutic techniques to treat their patients. These therapies may include:

Postural Training
In postural training, the patient is taught optimal body positioning to enhance tissue healing and prevention of recurrent injury.

Balance and Vertigo Rehabilitation
Balance issues may be related to a number of conditions, your physiotherapist may recommend vestibular rehabilitation to help with dizziness, unsteadiness, and balance.

Manual Therapy/McKenzie Treatment
Also called manipulative therapy, this treatment commonly involves kneading and physical manipulation of the muscles and joints.

Spinal Stabilizaton
Spinal stabilization is typically used to relieve lower and mid-back pain by progressing through a series of exercises while maintaining a neutral spine.

Myofascial Release
Considered an alternative therapy, myofascial release treats pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood circulation, and stimulating the muscles.

Diagnostic Imaging
Your physiotherapist may use imaging technologies to identify areas of concern in the skeletal system, such as fractures.

Therapeutic Exercises
Exercises will be include as part of your therapy to strengthen your muscles, and improve overall body function – helping to heal and to avoid future injury.

When seeking treatment for injury or pain in the musculoskeletal system, your orthopaedic physiotherapist will use a number of diagnostic and rehabilitation techniques to get your body back on track. Whether it is from a break, sprain, or surgical healing, your physiotherapist will come up with a rehab plan suited specifically to your injury.

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