What is Orthopedic Rehabilitation?
Orthopedic Physical Rehabilitation focuses on treatment or rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system, which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Orthopedic rehabilitation is essential to restore the patients activity, strength and motion right after injury or surgery.
Rest alone after surgery usually does not relieve the problems caused by inflammation and spasm. Also, the body adapts and protects the injured area long after healing has started. These protective mechanisms like fibrosis and scar tissue, alter movement of the whole musculoskeletal system and increases strain on other areas. Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible after injury to prevent unwanted scarring and hardening of what is naturally strong but flexible tissue like muscle, tendons, and ligaments.
Orthopedic patients typically have deficiencies and weaknesses which could be eliminated via specific targeted exercises.
Depending on the type of surgery, therapy may include:
- Exercises to strengthen the muscles
- Flexibility exercises to develop and extend Range of Motion, which will keep the joints mobile
- Posture, balance and coordination training
- Gait analysis and training
- Strategies for pain reduction
- Spinal injury/IVDD
- Joint Replacements
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- Joint dislocation
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Patella luxation
- Tendon injuries
- Iliopsoas strain
- Muscle injuries