Navigating Orthopedic Discomfort and Pain
Orthopedics is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. This can include disorders and damage that affects the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Physical therapy is often essential for healing musculoskeletal injuries and managing the pain or immobility they cause. Our physical therapists use the latest techniques and technologies to help you recover from your injury and regain your mobility.
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries
The musculoskeletal system includes muscles, bones, nerves, joints, ligaments, and tendons. This makes orthopedics a broad category that addresses everything from arthritis to nerve pain. Since the musculoskeletal system is central to movement, it’s often the primary focus of physical therapy.
Some common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions include:
- Back pain
- Bone fractures
- Muscle strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains, tendinitis, and other tendon or ligament injuries
These conditions often impair mobility. Many types of orthopedic pain can be improved by strengthening muscles, correcting posture, optimizing movement, and helping the body heal itself. The expert physical therapists at Megan Mullin PT can help you overcome musculoskeletal pain and recover from injury. Our goal is to ensure that your quality of life is improved so that you can resume your daily activities without restriction.
We treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions, which may present as pain and stiffness in the:
- Elbow, wrist, or hand
Orthopedic Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain
At Dr. Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, we prioritize all our patients’ physical health and well-being, helping them live pain-free. Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions can greatly hinder a person’s mobility and overall quality of life. Untreated, these problems often worsen and compound. Weakness, poor coordination, or lack of function also increases your risk of another injury.
We take a comprehensive approach to orthopedic physical therapy. First, we conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. This evaluation can be done at one of our clinics in San Luis Obispo, CA, or Woodstock, NY, or you can request a virtual PT evaluation.
Orthopedic physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders often includes manual therapy techniques, such as massage and mobilization. Therapeutic exercises may also help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Your physical therapist will likely recommend continuing your exercises at home for ongoing progress. Sometimes, we recommend or use modalities such as heat, ice, and electrical stimulation to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Another essential component of orthopedic physical therapy is education on proper posture and body mechanics. For example, hand and wrist pain can often be alleviated by changing or limiting your computer use.
Benefits of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
No matter the orthopedic condition you may be suffering from, we provide effective care that will help you overcome the source of your pain and increase your range of motion. Our specialists have undergone extensive training and have vast experience treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including neck pain, back pain, shoulder and hip injuries, knee and ankle injuries, tendinitis, and general pain and stiffness in the joints.
There are many benefits to orthopedic PT, including:
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Improved mobility and range of motion
- Increased strength and endurance
- Improved posture and body mechanics
- Reduced risk of future injuries
- Improved quality of life
Take the Next Step
Interested in Physical Therapy for orthopedic injuries or pain? At Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, our mission is to help you optimize your health and fitness for strong, pain-free living. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment with a physical therapist in Woodstock, NY, or San Luis Obispo, CA. We also offer virtual appointments for some PT services.