Physical therapists, specifically Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs), are trained to evaluate and treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Here is a list of common orthopedic conditions that are often addressed by licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy:
Muscle Strains and Sprains: Injuries involving damage to muscles or ligaments, often caused by overstretching or overuse.
Joint Pain: Pain in the joints, which can be associated with various conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Tendonitis/Tendinopathy: Inflammation or degeneration of tendons, often caused by repetitive motion or overuse.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae, small sacs filled with fluid that cushion and lubricate joints.
Fractures: Broken bones that may require rehabilitation to restore strength and mobility.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Damage or tears to the muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint.
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, limiting range of motion.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the median nerve in the wrist, leading to pain and numbness in the hand and fingers.
Tennis/Golfer's Elbow (Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis): Inflammation of the tendons attached to the elbow, often due to repetitive arm motion.
Osteoarthritis: Degeneration of joint cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune disorder causing inflammation in the joints.
Hip Labral Tear: Damage to the cartilage (labrum) in the hip joint, often causing pain and instability.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee): Pain around the kneecap, commonly associated with overuse.
Meniscus Tears: Tears in the cartilage in the knee joint, often caused by twisting or direct impact.
Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinopathy: Inflammation or degeneration of the Achilles tendon, affecting the heel and calf.
Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot, causing heel pain.
Scoliosis: Abnormal curvature of the spine, which may require therapeutic interventions for pain management and postural correction.
Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc): Protrusion of the intervertebral disc, potentially causing nerve compression and pain.
Sciatica: Pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, often radiating down the leg.
Cervical and Lumbar Strain/Sprain: Injuries to the neck or lower back involving muscles and ligaments.
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation following orthopedic surgeries, such as joint replacement or ligament repair.
Ankle Sprains: Injuries involving the stretching or tearing of ligaments in the ankle.
Foot and Ankle Disorders: Various conditions affecting the foot and ankle, including arthritis and deformities.
Neck and Back Pain: Non-specific pain in the neck or back, often associated with poor posture, muscle imbalances, or degenerative changes.
Impingement Syndromes: Conditions where soft tissues, such as tendons, get compressed in confined spaces, leading to pain and inflammation.
Our physical therapists, specifically Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs), are trained to evaluate and treat various neurological conditions and diagnoses. Here is a list of common neurological conditions that are often addressed by licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy:
Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident): Physical therapy focuses on regaining strength, mobility, and coordination affected by a stroke.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Rehabilitation aims to manage symptoms, enhance mobility, and address balance issues associated with MS.
Parkinson's Disease: Physical therapy focuses on improving balance, gait, and flexibility for individuals with Parkinson's.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Rehabilitation addresses physical and cognitive impairments resulting from head injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Physical therapy helps individuals with SCI regain functional independence and manage associated complications.
Cerebral Palsy: Treatment aims to improve motor skills, coordination, and functional abilities in individuals with cerebral palsy.
Peripheral Neuropathy: Rehabilitation focuses on managing pain, improving sensation, and addressing mobility challenges related to nerve damage.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: Physical therapy assists in maintaining mobility and strength during and after the acute phase of the condition.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Rehabilitation aims to maintain function and improve quality of life as the disease progresses.
Myasthenia Gravis: Physical therapy helps manage fatigue and muscle weakness associated with this autoimmune neuromuscular disorder.
Neuropathies (e.g., Diabetic Neuropathy): Treatment focuses on symptom management, improving balance, and addressing gait abnormalities.
Huntington's Disease: Physical therapy addresses movement disorders, functional limitations, and balance issues in individuals with Huntington's.
Muscular Dystrophy: Rehabilitation aims to maintain muscle function and mobility for individuals with progressive muscle-wasting conditions.
Post-Polio Syndrome: Physical therapy assists individuals who experience new or worsening symptoms after recovering from polio.
Balance Disorders (e.g., Vestibular Disorders): Treatment focuses on improving balance, coordination, and reducing symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunction.
Movement Disorders (e.g., Tremors, Dystonia): Physical therapy interventions target specific movement abnormalities to improve function and quality of life.
Traumatic Nerve Injuries: Rehabilitation helps individuals regain sensory and motor function after traumatic nerve injuries.
Ataxia: Physical therapy addresses coordination and balance issues associated with ataxic movements.
Brachial Plexus Injuries: Treatment focuses on restoring function and strength in the arm and shoulder following brachial plexus injuries.
Tourette Syndrome: Physical therapy may assist in managing motor and vocal tics and improving overall function.
Functional Movement Disorders: Rehabilitation interventions aim to address abnormal movements and improve functional abilities.
Dizziness and Vertigo: Physical therapy, including vestibular rehabilitation, is utilized to manage symptoms of dizziness and vertigo.
Restless Leg Syndrome: Exercise and movement strategies may be employed to alleviate symptoms and improve sleep quality.
Epilepsy: Physical therapy may focus on addressing functional limitations and improving safety for individuals with epilepsy.
Chronic Pain Syndromes (e.g., Complex Regional Pain Syndrome): Rehabilitation strategies aim to address pain, improve function, and enhance overall quality of life. It's important to note that the treatment approach may vary based on the specific needs and goals of each individual.
Our doctors of physical therapy work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for neurological conditions. Individuals with specific concerns should consult with a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.
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