When a person gets injured, the first decision that often comes to mind is whether or not they should see a doctor. While it is a common belief that physical therapy is reserved for postoperative orthopedic conditions, there are many injuries that physical therapists regularly treat that are not following surgery. Here are a few of the most common injuries that physical therapists treat.
The Obvious: Post-Surgery Orthopedic Injuries
The most well known and obvious injuries are those that follow surgery. Had a rotator cuff
repair or a joint replacement? Physical therapy is the next step in the plan. If a surgery was an
outpatient procedure, a patient will be quickly referred to physical therapy in as few as 1-2 days following surgery in some cases. For surgeries that require a hospital stay, physical therapy likely will begin in the hospital with a therapist being the first to initiate walking and mobility safely within the physician’s precautions. From knees, to shoulders, elbows and ankles, physical therapists at Bourassa and Associates can assist you following any of your postsurgical orthopedic needs.
Non-Surgical Orthopedic Injuries
Most orthopedic injuries can be successfully rehabilitated without surgical intervention.
Sprained ankles, shoulder bursitis and impingement, and knee ligament sprains may not require surgery, but that does not mean those injuries will just heal all on their own. Physical therapy can help aide in the recovery as well as prevent future injury. Our university trained therapists provide detailed strengthening, stabilization, and flexibility programs that get you back to the things you enjoy.
Neck and Back Pain
Neck pain and back pain can be from a recent lifting injury, overuse, from a motor vehicle accident, and even chronic. No matter the cause or type, physical therapists are well trained to assess and treat your neck and back pain. Through hands on manual techniques, stabilization and mobility exercises, and treatment modalities physical therapists can help you regardless of the source of your neck or back pain.
Stroke and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
Unfortunately, following a stroke it is common for an individual to have residual deficits that
affect their functional mobility. Loss of motor planning, muscle weakness, coordination deficits, and flaccidity of muscles contribute to difficulty performing activities of daily living and functional tasks such as putting on clothes, walking across a room, and driving.
Fortunately, physical therapists are able to design evidence based treatment plans to help restore as much function as possible to allow individuals to regain independence following neurological injuries.
Call Us Today
Now that you know some of the most common conditions that physical therapists treat, do not hesitate to ask your doctor or call Bourassa and Associates to see how physical therapy can help you. Our skilled staff are happy to offer timely appointments and get you back to the things you love.