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For patients with disorders and dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic physical therapy can unlock better movement with less pain.

What is orthopedic physical therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapists are experts in the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disorders and dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, including injuries involving muscle, bone, joint, tendon, ligament, and nerve. Modalities include electrical muscle stimulation/TENS, moist heat/cold packs, spinal decompression/mechanical traction, iontophoresis, ultrasound, vasopneumatic systems, taping, splinting/bracing, dry needling, blood flow restriction, IASTM, and orthotics/shoe inserts.

Is orthopedic physical therapy the proper treatment?

Orthopedic physical therapy can help you move better, often with less pain. This is done through manual therapy, therapeutic activity and exercise, neuromuscular re-education, balance training, dry needling, and the use of modalities.

male physical therapist helping female patient stretch out her foot

Benefits of orthopedic therapy

There are many benefits to orthopedic therapy and rehabilitation, including:

  • Decrease pain and discomfort
  • Improve mobility and range of motion
  • Increase strength and coordination
  • Enhance overall quality of life

What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

Physical therapy insurance & payment options

We work with most major insurance providers. Although coverage will vary from plan to plan, many physical therapy, occupational therapy and speciality therapy programs are covered under insurance. Learn more about our insurance coverage and self-pay options for physical therapy.

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