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Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Manassas, VA & Haymarket, VA

Whether used alone or combined with other methods, physical therapy plays an important role in orthopaedic recovery. The team at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, with locations in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia, offers on-site physical therapy for patients of all ages. To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy, call the office nearest you.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy involves comprehensive evaluation and treatment of impaired physical function related to various conditions, including injuries, diseases, and disabilities. The physical therapists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists provide comprehensive care to help restore functional mobility and speed the rehabilitation process. 

What conditions require physical therapy?

Physical therapy isn’t only for people who have a serious injury or have recently undergone surgery. Many conditions can benefit from physical therapy, including:

  • Chronic pain, such as back pain
  • Sports injuries, such as tendon tears
  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Wrist pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tears
  • Hand pain, including trigger finger
  • Knee pain, including ligament tears
  • Ankle pain, including sprains
  • Traumatic injuries, including fractures
  • Postsurgical recovery, such as joint replacement

Depending on your needs, Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists may prescribe physical therapy on its own, or they may combine it with other treatments like medications.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

Any type of pain or injury can make it difficult to move normally. Movement problems can interfere with your ability to complete daily tasks on your own and affect your quality of life. 

Physical therapy at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists improves these issues in various ways, including:

  • Restoring muscle strength
  • Enhancing tissue function
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Strengthening balance
  • Promoting recovery

Physical therapists work with you to establish specific goals and develop a personalized program for your specific needs. In many cases, physical therapy reduces or eliminates the need for surgery. 

What should I expect from physical therapy?

First, your physical therapist at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists thoroughly evaluates your condition. They review your medical history and ask about your symptoms. They may perform tests to measure your current levels of strength and mobility and determine the root cause of your pain if that’s unknown. 

Then, your physical therapist creates a treatment plan specifically for you. They may recommend a variety of physical therapy treatments, including:

  • Hands-on manipulations
  • Massage therapy
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strength training
  • Cardiovascular or water exercises
  • Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or laser therapy

Every treatment plan is unique. Most people benefit from a series of 6-12 physical therapy sessions.  

If you think you may need physical therapy, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists today.