Orthopedic rehabilitation is a comprehensive physical therapy program aimed
at restoring normal functionality in patients with orthopedic disorders
like knee fractures, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis,
pelvic fractures, amputations, joint replacements, hip fractures, multiple
trauma, etc. The orthopedic rehabilitation program at OrthoTexas is customized
to meet the individual needs of the patients, and involves active involvement
and coordination with the family members of the patient.
The orthopedic rehabilitation team typically consists of a physician, a
physical therapist, a nurse, a case manager, and an occupational therapist. Based on individual
needs, psychologists, dieticians, speech therapists, and other health
professionals might also be a part of the team.
The major goals of an orthopedic rehabilitation program are:
- Establishing rehabilitation goals based on the patient’s physical
capacity- Patient factors such as age, diabetes, high blood pressure,
history of stroke, cardiac disease, etc. are taken into account while
designing the individual programs.
- Addressing current needs for rehabilitation- The principal goal remains
to restore a level of independence as close to what the patient previously
had. This includes improved strength, improved flexibility, extended range
of motion, unassisted walking, pain management, and self-care training.
- Laying out a plan for lifelong continuing care options- The orthopedic
rehab at OrthoTexas, lays special emphasis on post-program follow up.
We understand that demonstrating improved physical function does not mark
an end to the rehabilitation needs of patient candidates with special
needs such as advanced age patients or patients with long-term disability.
Continued access to rehabilitation professionals is critical to maintained
function in these patients.
A typical therapy session at the
orthopedic rehab lasts for around an hour. This includes stretching, range of motion exercises,
strength-building, and one-on-one counseling sessions with the patients.
The physical therapy included in the orthopedic rehabilitation program
is usually not painful. However, in some cases, the process might be painful
initially, with the pain decreasing as the rehabilitation sessions progress.
Counseling is a key aspect of the rehabilitation program, as it helps the
patient to better understand his condition and the nature of therapy being
offered, as well as to build a healthy relationship with his therapist.
Educating the patient on self-management care to be administered at home
after the sessions is also a key component of the rehab program. This
helps in maintaining the level of physical fitness achieved, and in preventing
any setbacks or further injuries.