Orthopedic Physical Therapy

At Better Health PT, we believe that everyone should have access to the best possible care. Our experienced team of physical therapists are dedicated to helping you get back to your life as quickly as possible. With our orthopedic physical therapy services, you can experience relief from pain and discomfort. Our physical therapists are certified and trained in the latest techniques so you can trust that you are receiving the highest quality of care.

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What Is Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

At our Kensington physical therapy clinic, we specialize in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions and disorders. We provide comprehensive care for acute injuries, trauma such as sprains, strains, dislocations and joint pain, as well as chronic conditions like tendinopathy, bursitis and deformities like scoliosis. Our expert orthopedic therapists also offer post-surgery rehabilitation services to help individuals recover quickly from orthopedic surgery procedures. With detailed assessments, personalized treatments plans and an unwavering commitment to helping our patients get back to their active lives, our clinicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible.

What Does An Orthopedic Physical Therapist Do?

Orthopedic physical therapists provide a comprehensive range of treatments to help their patients improve mobility or recover from injury. These treatments may include strength training, massage, applications of heat and/or ice, muscle stimulation, exercises tailored to the individual’s needs, education about injury prevention and management strategies, and joint mobilization techniques. Physical therapists working in orthopedics typically practice in outpatient rehabilitation facilities or clinics; however they may also work in hospitals or visit patients’ homes for appointments. Their goal is to help patients achieve maximal function and independence with activities of daily living.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a physical therapist?
A physical therapist, referred to as PT in short, is a healthcare specialist responsible for diagnosing physical impairments, assessing the level of disability and prescribing appropriate treatments. They use a range of therapeutic exercises and activities to help patients with physical injuries or disabilities by increasing their mobility, strengthening the muscles and relieving pain. PTs employ evidence-based practices which are guided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). These practices are designed to promote better overall health and well-being in individuals of all ages. PTs work collaboratively with other medical specialists in order to develop individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
What is a physical therapist assistant?
A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a healthcare professional who works in conjunction with a physical therapist to provide rehabilitative services to patients. PTAs are responsible for carrying out the treatment plans designed by the physical therapist, and typically work under the direct supervision of the physical therapist in most states. PTAs may also assist with patient education, exercise instruction, pain management techniques, therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, and documentation of patient progress. They are qualified to carry out these duties due to their specialized knowledge and skill that has been obtained through an accredited educational program and successful completion of the National Physical Therapy Examination.
Where do physical therapists work?
Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapy assistants (PTAs) can provide services to individuals in a wide variety of settings. These include hospitals, specialized rehabilitation centers, freestanding clinics that focus on physical or occupational therapy, nursing homes, educational institutions, and more. PTs and PTAs use their knowledge and skills to assess and diagnose physical impairments, develop treatment plans for restoring movement and function, modify activities to improve mobility and reduce pain, and work with patients to teach them how to prevent injuries or further disability.
How can a physical therapist help you?
Physical therapy (PT) offers a range of benefits for those struggling with health issues. From athletes with sports-related injuries to people suffering from lower back pain, arthritis, vertigo, and post-stroke, they can receive treatment tailored to their needs. PTs have expertise in various specialties, such as pediatrics, geriatric care, orthopedics, and women’s health. Moreover, they are skilled in helping those recovering from fractures, joint replacements, amputations or burns. By working with a physical therapist on individualized treatments and rehabilitation plans based on condition and body type, patients can gain relief from pain and the ability to move better.
Do you need a prescription for physical therapy?
You do not need a prescription. Because our clinic is a self pay or fee for service facility. If you would like to submit your physical therapy visits to your insurance for reimbursement, then you may need to ask your health insurance provider if a prescription if needed for PT.
How many times a week do you usually attend physical therapy?

Your treatment plan is dependent on what is found upon evaluation by the physical therapist. Treatment plans can vary from 1x/week to 3x/week but the typical frequency would be 2 – 3x/week for 60-90 minute sessions.

What to Expect From Your Visit

When you visit an orthopedic physical therapist, you should expect a comprehensive evaluation which will include taking your medical history, observing your posture and gait (the way you walk), range of motion assessment, muscle strength testing and joint mobility testing.

Depending on the results of these tests, the physical therapist may provide manual therapy techniques such as joint manipulation or soft tissue mobilization to improve movement dysfunction. Additional interventions such as therapeutic exercises or modalities like ultrasound may also be used to reduce pain and improve function.

Finally, a home program with instructions for self-care activities will also be provided so that you can continue making progress after the initial visit.