Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

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Orthopedic rehabilitation is a form of physical therapy that treats a large variety of conditions that affect the skeletal and muscular system. Physical therapy is administered through one-on-one care between the therapist and patient, to better fit the patient's specific needs. Physiotherapists are trained to treat the entire body, and the length of therapy needed depends greatly on the severity of the patient's complaints.

How is it treated?

Complaints such as neck and back pain, or shoulder tendinopathy, can be treated with orthopaedic rehabilitation, along with carpal tunnel syndrome, knee injuries and ankle sprains and hip pains. Orthopaedic 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, and ankle reconstructions. Other conditions that may require surgery in conjunction with orthopaedic rehabilitation include shoulder surgeries, spinal laminectomies, and knee joint arthroscopic surgery.

What does treatment involve?

A physiotherapist will evaluate the patient during the first initial consultation to determine the patient's range of motion, posture, and how much he or she can function when moving. The therapist will discuss the levels of pain the patient may be experiencing, along with how much strength and flexibility is present around the injured area. After the evaluation, the therapist will develop a personal treatment plan with the patient based on the specific needs identified and the patient will then go through orthopaedic rehabilitation.

On average, physiotherapy sessions generally last 40 minutes. These sessions may include stretching, manual therapy and exercises, as well as educating the patient on his condition. Having one-on-one sessions with a therapist helps the patient to gain better knowledge the injury, and to develop a greater relationship with the physiotherapist. The therapy sessions run smoothly when a physiotherapist only has to focus on one person at a time, giving the patient the ability to focus more, resulting in a quicker healing time. The patient is usually taught techniques to use at home to self-manage symptoms through the therapy process as well.

In Summary

Orthopedic rehabilitation may or may not be painful. This will depend on the injury that is being treated. Sometimes orthopedic rehabilitation can begin as a painful process, but as the patient becomes stronger, the pain lessens, or disappears altogether. Once it is determined that therapy is no longer needed, the physiotherapist will aim to make sure the patient is properly educated on the injury, and is sent home with self-management information. The patient is then able to continue taking care of himself or herself at home to avoid any setbacks, or becoming injured again.

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.