Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

If you twist your ankle on the job or experience a slip-and-fall accident while running errands, orthopedic physical therapy provides a safe and effective treatment option to ease pain and get you back on your feet. Emily Priestas, DPT, at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, specializes in orthopedic physical therapy and other related treatments. If you or a loved one is suffering, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Q & A

What is orthopedic physical therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapy is a noninvasive treatment option that works to improve the overall health and function of your orthopedic system, including your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, the team regularly prescribes orthopedic physical therapy to ease the symptoms of common musculoskeletal injuries, including:

  • Pain 
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Immobility

If you’ve suffered an injury while playing sports or working, and your body doesn’t respond to conservative measures of treatment such as rest, ice, or over-the-counter painkillers, request an appointment with right away. 

What conditions can orthopedic physical therapy treat?

If you suffer a sports-related injury, or you’re facing the prospect of orthopedic surgery, you’re probably a good candidate for orthopedic physical therapy. 

The team at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine tailors treatment to increase your strength, flexibility, and overall range of motion. Ultimately, the goal of orthopedic physical therapy is to get you back on your feet so you can enjoy life again. 

Some common conditions that orthopedic physical therapy can treat include:

  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Arm, wrist, and hand conditions
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Running injuries

You might also benefit from orthopedic physical therapy if you experience a stress fracture or cartilage damage.

What happens during orthopedic physical therapy?

No two orthopedic physical therapy treatment plans are exactly alike. Your Premier Spine and Sports Medicine provider develops a custom strategy based on your symptoms, overall health history, and goals for treatment. That said, orthopedic physical therapy uses five tools to encourage healing, including:

  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Assistive devices
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Mobilization and manipulation
  • Exercise

Depending on the source and severity of your discomfort, they might recommend using one or several of these tools. 

How long does it take to see results from orthopedic physical therapy?

The length of time you need to participate in orthopedic physical therapy depends on the severity of your initial injury and your goals for treatment. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important that you play an active role in your recovery. This means you should attend all of your physical therapy appointments, ask questions, and follow your provider’s instructions carefully. It’s also important that you work hard. Orthopedic physical therapy isn’t always easy. You might even have to work through the pain. 

To learn more about the benefits of orthopedic physical therapy, request an appointment at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.