Treatment of your orthopedic injury or illness may include physical and/or occupational therapy to help reduce your pain and improve function and mobility, so you can more quickly and safely return to your normal activities.
Physical or occupational therapy is provided by a facility or recommended physical or occupational therapist. Your physician may have a facility or therapist that he/she prefers to use or you may have a preferred facility or therapist or one that is more conveniently located that you want to use. Your physician will provide you as well as the preferred facility/therapist with a prescription for therapy. The prescription will provide the suggested duration of therapy as well as what exercises and treatment should be performed. For more information about the involvement of therapy for your postoperative care, you should contact your physician's office.
Physical therapy (PT) is the use of therapeutic exercise, specialized equipment, and hands-on techniques by a licensed professional to help you restore function or strength lost due to an orthopedic injury or disorder. Physical therapy can be used for non-surgical issues, or in conjunction with surgery. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your quality of life by making movement safer, easier, and less painful. Our orthopedic surgeons work together with your physical therapist to develop a program specific to your needs and goals, including mobility and function, joint movement, range of motion, strength, balance, coordination and endurance.
Occupational therapy (OT) is when a licensed professional works with you to restore your ability to perform daily living activities - such as getting dressed, bathing, and cooking - that have been lost due to disease or injury. The goal is to help you perform day-to-day tasks more efficiently, conserve your energy, and achieve as much independence as possible.
Occupational therapy may include exercise, education on conserving energy, joint protection techniques, activity modification, splinting, and adaptive or assistive devices, depending on your individual needs and goals. An occupational therapist will also help determine your need for devices such as a wheelchair or scooter, and help choose the proper equipment for you.