An orthopedic injury can be quite distressful and obstruct the normal functioning
of the affected joint. Patients who have suffered an injury to the shoulder,
neck, spine, knee, ankle or any other part of the musculoskeletal system
need to undergo a comprehensive
rehabilitation program to restore the range of motion of the injured joint. It also ensures a
healthy and speedier recovery from the injury.
Here are some of the techniques that might be included in rehabilitation
for an orthopedic injury:
Joint Mobilization: This procedure helps to reinstate the normal position of dislocated or
misaligned bones. Joint mobilization also helps to correct spinal disc
herniation, reduce pain and swelling.
Stretching: Performing stretching exercises is important to regain the lost functionality
of the injured joint. Wearing braces or casts following a fracture, bone
dislocation or other injuries may cause stiffness in the joint. The contraction
of soft tissues and formation of scar tissues may further decrease the
movement. Through proper stretching, joint flexibility can be restored.
Strengthening: It helps to improve the functioning of the muscles and ligaments in the
injured joint. These exercises help to increase muscle endurance, develop
better body mechanics and prevent future injuries.
Ice And Heat Pack Application: These procedures are often prescribed in cases of acute orthopedic injuries.
If the condition has not caused swelling, applying heat pack may help
to ease muscle stiffness and relieve pain. Ice pack may be recommended
to compress swelling and eliminate other symptoms of the injury.
Soft Tissue Mobilization: In this, the rehabilitation specialist may apply deep pressure and use
rhythmic stretching near the site of the injury. It helps to relax stiff
muscles, compress swelling and reduce tissue adhesions.
Gait Training: This is recommended to improve the patient’s body balance as well
as the ability to stand and walk following an injury to the lower extremity.
Gait training helps to maintain proper posture, strengthen muscles and
rehabilitate the joints for repetitive movements.
OrthoTexas, provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for minor and serious orthopedic
injuries. To schedule an appointment with our
physical therapists in Carrollton, you can call at
(972) 492 – 1334 or visit the clinic at 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.