Panetta Physical Therapy specializes in the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries


Orthopedic physical therapy is the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. Anyone who has an injury or illness that causes dysfunction to various boney and soft tissue parts of the body can benefit from orthopedic physical therapy.

What conditions can be treated with orthopedic physical therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapy gives attention to the treatment of any condition that affects the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is made up of joints, muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. Some common orthopedic injuries can include the following:

  • Fractures

  • Strained muscles

  • Sprained ligaments

  • Tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Post-operative conditions

An injury sustained to the bone, joint tendon ligament or muscles can cause pain, limited mobility, loss of strength as well as a range of motion. The main focus of orthopedic physical therapy is to assist the injury in the healing process so that the patient can get back to enjoying normal work and everyday activities. It is also aimed to help improve function, strength, and range of motion. Anyone who may have had limitations due to surgery can also benefit from a post-operative physical therapy rehabilitation program.

What to expect during orthopedic physical therapy

Working with a physical therapist post-surgery can help a patient back to normal activities safely and quickly. There are many ways an orthopedic physical therapist can help a patient during rehabilitation such as the following:

  • Electrical stimulation therapies

  • Ultrasound therapies

  • Heat and Ice therapies

  • Assisting devices (walkers, canes)

  • Prosthetics

  • Orthotics

  • Exercise equipment

  • Soft tissue massage therapies

  • Mobilization therapies

Although some of the above items can help a patient gain more mobility, exercise is often the best means to help with improved movement and move toward recovery quicker. Some orthopedic physical therapy exercises may include the following:

  • Exercises to improve strength

  • Stretching and flexibility exercises

  • Range of motion exercises

  • Exercises to improve balance

  • Exercises to improve endurance

  • Exercises to improve functional mobility

  • Jump training or plyometric exercises

As part of the orthopedic physical therapy regimen, a physical therapist can show you specific exercises that you can do at home to aid in the recovery of an injury and help mobility issues.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy