Orthopaedics & Manual Physical Therapy

Manual Physical Therapy is a hands-on technique that is used to decrease pain and improve range-of-motion and flexibility to stiff joints and muscles.

Mobilization and manipulation are key components of manual therapy; both techniques restore the power of movement to joints & associated muscles.

A number of our physical therapists are board certified in Manual Physical Therapy or are Fellows in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Who benefits from Manual Physical Therapy?

Patients with a variety of disabilities and orthopedic conditions may benefit from Manual Physical Therapy. Current research confirms that manual physical therapy combined with therapeutic exercise can produce rapid pain relief and improved function in the following conditions: low-back pain, neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain.

Orthopedics is the medical specialty dedicated to preserving and restoring function in the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

Many of our physical therapists are ABPTS board certified Orthopedic Certified Specialists. The advanced clinical knowledge and skill set that comes with a Board Certification allows physical therapists to better treat the patients in their specialty and keeps them up-to-date with cutting edge research and technology.

The OCS certification focuses on evidence-based practice, orthopedic injury examination, treatment, and medical interventions. Only 3.9% of therapists in the United States are Orthopedic Clinical Specialists. More than 50% of our therapists hold this certification. We also specialize in manual physical therapy, which is an integral component of orthopedic care.

Who benefits from Orthopaedics at Shea PT?

Orthopedic physical therapy is used to treat both non-surgical and post-surgical patients with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle weakness and imbalance
  • Spinal and other joint alignment dysfunction
  • Post-operative or inflammatory swelling
  • Post-fractures
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Tendonitis and bursitis

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