Physical therapy is an essential part of overall healthcare. This noninvasive treatment discipline is known for a variety of benefits, such as enhanced balance and core stability, pain reduction, injury prevention, improved posture and flexibility, increased mobility, among others.
Physical therapy has several, different types. Your doctor and physical therapist will recommend the appropriate program based on the type of injury or condition that you have and your specific needs.
Let’s explore the most common types of physiotherapy to learn about the specific groups of people who can benefit from this treatment modality.
As its name suggests, orthopedic therapy deals with injuries or conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints).
Here are some of the acute and chronic conditions that physical therapy can address:
o Spinal conditions
o Plantar fasciitis
o Carpal tunnel syndrome
o Shoulder and elbow pain
o Herniated disks
o Work-related or sports-related injuries
o Knee, ankle, or hip pain
o Total knee replacement
o Total hip replacement
If your case requires surgery, orthopedic physical therapy will usually be part of your recovery program, but your doctor can also recommend it beforehand to enhance the treatment outcome. A physical therapist can teach you the best techniques and exercises to make sure that you recover successfully.
Geriatric physical therapy focuses on treating conditions prevalent in the elderly. These include:
o Alzheimer’s disease and other types of neurodegenerative disorders
o Balance and gait problems
A geriatric PT prepares specialized treatment plan to help the patient regain mobility, improve their overall health, and reduce pain.
Physical Therapy in Northeast Tennessee
Here at Watauga Orthopaedics, our physical therapists work with our board-certified orthopedic surgeons to treat all types of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. From hand and wrist to foot and ankle problems, we’ve got you covered!
To learn more about our physical therapy services or to schedule an appointment, you can call us at (423) 282-9011 or fill out this online request form.