Orthopedic Therapy Arlington, VA

Orthopedic Therapy

Orthopedic rehabilitation is a form of physical therapy for a variety of conditions that affect the skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. Physical therapy is administered through one-on-one care between the therapist and patient in order to better fit the patient’s specific needs. Physical therapists are trained to treat the entire body, and the length of physical therapy needed depends greatly on the severity of the patient’s injury or condition.

Your care starts with a one-on-one evaluation, in which your therapist will ask you about your relevant daily routines including work, recreation, and exercise history. Then, a review of past medical history and current medications will lead to the discovery of what may be contributing or affecting your symptoms and outcomes.  During the physical examination, the therapist will assess posture, joint range of motion, flexibility, and strength; special tests will then identify areas of functional limitations.  The therapist will then discuss your plan of care and create treatment strategies to return you to your prior level of function and activity.  

Treatment usually consists of exercises to restore mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, and stability. We will also use hands-on/manual therapy to improve joint mobility, restore soft tissue mobility, reduce swelling, and minimize pain. Dry needling is a specific form of manual therapy used to help decrease pain and restore normal muscle resting tension.  

Once it is determined that therapy is no longer needed, it is the physical therapist’s responsibility to make sure the patient is properly educated on the injury and sent home with self-management care information. The patient is then able to continue self-care at home to avoid any setbacks or re-injury.

Commonly Treated

  • Orthopedic surgical recovery/rehab
  • Muscle Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Subluxation/Dislocation of Joints
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Workers Compensation Injuries

Contact Optimal Physical Therapy today to request your appointment and get started on your path toward full recovery.