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Orthopedic Physical Therapy

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What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapy is a practice that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones.

If you’re injured – whether from sports, a fall or repetitive stress on ajoint – you could benefit from our orthopedic physical therapy treatment. If you’re considering possible surgery, we can help you build strength toward an improved outcome and recovery.

Scerbo physical therapists will help you build up your flexibility, range of motion, and strength. The treatment is based on workouts and therapeutic modalities designed to get you back on your feet and appreciating life once more.

Therapeutic treatment modalities we often use:

  • Manual Therapeutics
  • Electrotherapeutics
  • Vasopneumatic Compression
  • Light Therapy
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Balance and Conditioning Training
  • Ultrasound (US)
  • Phonophoresis
  • Moist Heat (Hydrocollator)
  • Paraffin
  • Short Wave Diathermy
  • Cryotherapy (Cold/Ice)

Other methods used in Orthopedic Physical Therapy are:

Therapeutic Exercise Program

Exercise is a very common and non-invasive method of treatment used in a physical therapy setting. Exercise can help to improve a patient’s strength, flexibility and range of motion, and can help a patient regain their functional and mobile independence. Some common exercise treatment programs include:


 Manual procedures [different than those previously described above] carried out by the therapist, without active patient participation.


Movements performed by the patient, either independently or with some form of manual or mechanical assistance. This is generally used to increase or restore normal joint mobility and to prepare for more vigorous exercise.


Active movements performed by the patient, in order to produce muscle contraction that will ultimately result in increased muscular strength. This form of exercise can be used at various stages of tissue healing, as guided and directed by the physical therapist. There are many types of resistive exercise, each having its own main benefit and precautions. Using your own body weight, external weights, elastic bands or exercise machines, your Scerbo physical therapist will determine which exercises are appropriate for you and in which way to start and progress or change them.

Exercise is almost always incorporated into a physical therapy program, and usually involves activities that the patient will be instructed to perform at home on their own, in addition to the clinical setting with a therapist.

Patient Education

Many injuries and disorders that we treat are sustained due to overuse, incorrect body mechanics or the unique stresses employed in certain sports, occupations or everyday activities. Scerbo physical therapists are trained to teach patients the underlying causes of these disorders. We routinely discuss, educate and train patients accordingly.

  • Athletic injury prevention
  • Postural correction and training
  • Body mechanics: lifting, bending, reaching
  • Gait and ambulation training
  • Balance recovery and fall prevention
  • Pain management
  • Workplace prevention
  • Occupational Ergonomics
  • At home safety education
  • Independent daily living
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