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Orthopedic Rehab: Helping You Achieve Your Goals

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

Brandi Salger, Physical Therapist Assistant with patient model.

Orthopedic rehabilitation is a form of therapy involving the treatment of a large variety of conditions that affect the skeletal system and the muscular system. Orthopedic rehab may include physical therapy and/or occupational therapy and is administered through one-on-one care between the therapist and patient to best meet the patient's specific needs.

Orthopedic rehab includes treatment of a wide variety of injuries, including neck and back pain, shoulder tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and ankle sprains and hip pains. Rehabilitation is often needed post-surgery to aid in the healing process for patients who have had a spinal fusion, total hip or knee replacement, ankle reconstructions, complete shoulder replacements, vertebral laminectomies, rotator cuff repairs, meniscectomies and other orthopedic surgeries.

A physician's order is required for orthopedic rehabilitation. Then a physical or occupational therapist will evaluate the patient during the initial visit to assess the patient's range of motion, posture, strength, balance and functional deficits resulting from the injury. The therapist will also assess the patient's pain and how it affects their function. After the evaluation, the therapist will develop a personalized orthopedic rehabilitation treatment plan and goals based on the patient's specific needs. The duration and frequency of treatment needed depends greatly on the severity of the patient's injuries.

Heather Huck Occupational Therapist/ Rehab Clinical Leader with patient model.

On average, therapy sessions generally last 30-60 minutes and may include stretching, manual therapy and exercises to improve strength and range of motion, as well as educating the patient on his condition. Modalities may be implemented to help manage pain. Occupational Therapists may also provide training on adaptive equipment or techniques to help perform activities of daily living. Additionally, the patient is usually taught techniques to use at home to self-manage his symptoms and improve function.

When it is determined that the patient has met their goals, it is time for discharge. Sometimes, the patient may reach their maximum potential and is no longer benefiting from orthopedic rehab. At this point, the patient may be provided with education and means for continuing to manage their injury on their own to prevent further setbacks or re-injury.

Memorial Hospital Therapy and Sports Rehab Center offers Physical and Occupational Therapy to provide orthopedic rehabilitation for all types of orthopedic injuries. If you would like more information, please contact us at 618-826-4588.


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