What is an Orthopedic Physical Therapist?

Physical Therapists are trained to examine, differentially identify dysfunction, and to provide treatment and/or prevention methods for conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life. For many medical conditions, physical therapy provides an effective and inexpensive alternative to pain medication, surgery, or other more extensive medical interventions. An orthopedic physical therapist specializes in the care of problems with the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy can effectively address many of the common complaints of patients seeking medical care from their family or general practice physician. These might include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw Pain / Locking
  • Hip / Knee Pain
  • Back or Neck Pain
  • Overuse or Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Deconditioning / General Weakness
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Fibromyalgia / Muscle Pain
  • Obesity

Current research in both medical and physical therapy realms is providing more and more evidence that conservative, non-pharmaceutical interventions are the best initial course of care for many musculoskeletal conditions – even prior to routine imaging or diagnostics.

A physical therapy evaluation includes a thorough screening of body systems and patient medical history. A physical therapist can identify warning signs and symptoms of systemic disease or neurological involvement that would indicate a need for further medical evaluation.

Symmetry Physical Therapy provides specialized rehabilitation in the area of Orthopedics. Our therapists have advanced training in the management of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our approach to treatment includes the specific mobilization of joints and soft tissues, to allow for optimal mobility and biomechanics. It is also exercise-based, including the prescription of a wide variety of movements and activities designed to target injured tissue to assist in healing and also to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and neuromuscular control of the entire body. Our evaluation identifies not only a patient’s acute mechanical problems, but also their more global postural or mobility issues that are the root causes of pain or movement dysfunction. When a patient finishes their course of therapy with Symmetry PT, we expect them to have improved symptoms, but also a healthier musculoskeletal system that is more resilient and resistant to future injury or dysfunction.

At Symmetry PT, we believe that having an Orthopedic Physical Therapist as part of a comprehensive health care team is important for physical function and wellness. We feel that developing a long-term partnership with patients and their physicians can be of great value for attaining and maintaining optimal health. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you!