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Orthopaedic Therapy

Understanding Orthopaedic Therapy

At Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, our goal is to provide our patients with individualized treatment that utilizes the most effective techniques for their specific injuries or complaints. One of the many treatments our physical therapists offer is Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, or OMPT. If you are looking for a unique approach to your healing, OMPT may be the answer.

Doctor preforming Orthopaedic therapy on a client.

What Is Orthopaedic Manual Therapy?

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is any hands-on treatment your physical therapist applies to treat an injury. This therapy may include:

  • Stretching
  • Passive movements of the joint
  • Active joint manipulation and mobilization
  • Movement against therapist resistance
  • Soft tissue techniques

Our therapists are highly trained to apply these techniques to any joint in the body. When these techniques are combined with physical therapy and chiropractic care, patients achieve results more quickly with increased range of motion and decreased pain and discomfort.

Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Versus Other Body Therapies

Many patients are confused when their therapists mention OMPT because it appears to be similar to chiropractic and massage, with a little bit of physical therapy mixed in. When compared to other body therapies, OMPT includes a personalized exercise program and a careful examination of the patient's movement and mobility. When comparing orthopedic vs physical therapy specifically, OMPT focuses on assessing the patient's movement and responses to other treatments on a deeper level. It is highly personalized and can be adjusted as needed as the patient improves. At Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, we use orthopedic manual therapy alongside physical therapy and chiropractic care to help restore movement and mobility to a greater level.

Conditions Treated by Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Chronic conditions of the joints, head, neck and back that limit movement or affect strength are quite receptive to OMPT treatment. Some of these include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Knee and hip replacements
  • Shoulder injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Balance disorders
  • Arthritis

In addition, patients who are suffering from overuse or athletic injuries, are obese, have heart conditions or have cancer can sometimes benefit from these treatments. Sometimes patients who have neuro-musculoskeletal disorders need OMPT therapy to improve mobility and reduce pain so they can participate in exercise and movement re-education without significant pain and discomfort. A physical therapist from Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy will help patients determine if orthopedic manual therapy is right for their needs.

Who Needs Orthopaedic Therapy?

If you have one of the conditions or injuries above, or if you struggle with extremely limited mobility, you may need Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Our specially trained physical therapists will take the time to evaluate your injury or condition, your mobility, and your health goals to determine the right treatment protocols. Because each patient's needs and goals are different, the treatment protocols chosen are highly personalized. If OMPT is the right treatment modality to help speed your recovery and increase your mobility, our trained therapists will incorporate these techniques into your personalized treatment plan.

At Advanced Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, our goal is to help our patients avoid illness or injury, while providing natural therapies to help improve function if injuries or illness do occur. If you are curious about learning more about orthopedic vs physical therapy, or if you think you are a candidate for Orthopaedic Therapy , contact our clinic today by calling 973-616-4555 to schedule your consultation with your therapy team.

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