Rehabilitation FAQ: Your Common Questions Answered
- Posted on: Apr 26 2014
Orthopaedic physical therapy can help an athlete following an injury, allowing them to return to their sport as safely and quickly as possible. This type of therapy also applies to rehabilitation following amputation, surgery or other invasive procedures, and can be combined as part of a treatment or recovery plan. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect from physical therapy.
- How long does physical therapy take? Orthopaedic physical therapy depends on the type of injury or surgical procedure, the severity of the injury, as well as factors unique to each patient, including the state of their overall health, age, weight and chronic health conditions. Dr. Desio will evaluate all of these factors during your consultation to determine the projected length of your physical therapy. Even when a patient’s orthopaedic physical therapy is complete, there is follow-up physical therapy. There is also the option of conducting additional training sessions to ensure that the athlete’s injury has healed correctly and that their recovery is not being hindered in any way.
- What does it achieve? Rehabilitation programs are tailored to each patient with the goals of relieving pain and restoring maximum function to the injured area. Recovery is also achieved through improvement in strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination, posture, balance, gait, cardiopulmonary health and pain. Each patient’s individualized treatment plan is designed to restore movement and flexibility to the affected area, as well as relieve discomfort and promote healing and recovery. Orthopaedic physical therapy also helps patients adapt to carrying out daily activities with a permanent disability, such as in the case of amputation.
- What are the treatments? Orthopaedic physical therapy can consist of various beneficial treatments and/or procedures. Courses of treatment may include massage, whirlpools, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and cold applications. Stretching and strengthening exercises are a critical part of orthopaedic physical therapy. Alternative therapies can also be considered and applied. For athletes, rehabilitation typically involves a dual fitness program of weights and cardiovascular training. A consultation with Dr. Desio will help to determine the best type of orthopaedic physical therapy and the most effective and safe course of action to take following your injury or surgery.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in Worcester
If you have questions about the various rehabilitation treatments we offer, contact us today. Our offices are located in Worcester, proudly serving the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at (508) 363-6363. We hope to hear from you soon.