Orthopaedic conditions and injuries affect the musculoskletal system, which is made up of your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. These conditions include arthritis, bone fractures, dislocations, deformities, tumors, inflammation and more.
Before beginning physical and occupational therapy, specialists will evaluate you to determine the severity of your orthopaedic condition, the goals of treatment and what therapy is required to optimize your outcomes.
Physical and occupational therapy can often be used on their own to treat orthopaedic conditions. Sometimes, they are used alongside other treatments or after a surgical procedure to improve outcomes and quicken your recovery.
During physical therapy, you can expect to learn multiple exercises to help extend range of motion, build strength, improve balance, increase stamina and prevent further disability or injury. Physical therapists will walk you through these exercises and guide your recovery. You may also be asked to perform these exercises on your own at home once you have mastered them with your therapist.
Occupational therapists operate much in the same way, but their exercises will focus on specific day-to-day tasks that perform use at home, work or school. Depending on your situation, you may receive physical and occupational therapy at UK Healthcare, home or both.
Successful physical and occupational therapy regimens differ from person to person. Therapy can last for days, weeks, months or more depending on the goals of your treatment.
After you stop seeing your physical and/or occupational therapists, you may need to continue exercises at home on an ongoing basis. You can also expect follow-up appointments to track your progress and ensure that you’ve met the goals of therapy.