Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Issues

Musculoskeletal conditions

A musculoskeletal issue can be an acute or chronic problem caused by injury, muscle weaknesses, decreased core strength, poor posture, tight ITB (iliotibial band) and other bio-mechanical asymmetries. Typically, the issue occurs when muscles, ligaments, and tendons become strained through overuse, trauma, long term sitting, poor body mechanics, or increased physical activity.

  • Examples include:
    • neck and back pain of insidious onset
    • joint or bone pain from weakness or strains of the muscles
    • joint or bone pain from arthritis
    • muscle, myofascial, or other tissue restrictions

How do you treat these conditions?

Our therapists work in conjunction with your physician to help alleviate your pain and increase your function, strength, and flexibility. We spend time educating you regarding your condition and how you can best manage it through performance of an effective and appropriate home exercise program. Spinal conditions have a range of complexity;  we use specific evidence-based protocols that will provide the  targeted rehabilitation experience  required for successful pain remediation and functional strength improvements. Along with the use of condition-specific protocols, we base our work on each patient’s unique needs; this ensures maximal progress towards your personal goals. IASTM (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) with Theragun®, TigerTail®, and Graston-type tools.

Orthopedic Issues

Orthopedic conditions are musculoskeletal conditions often associated with a sports injury, acute injury, or post-surgical condition.

  • Examples include:
    • Sprains in the ankles, knees, hips, back, or shoulders that occur during an activity. Patients can usually pinpoint when the event has occurred: “I was running and rolled my ankle” or “I was lifting a heavy box and felt a ‘pop’ in my back.”
    • joint replacements
    • various back issues, or spinal diseases
    • degenerative disease of the joints.

How do you treat these issues?

Treatment of many orthopedic conditions includes the use of injury specific protocols. These protocols are well-researched, industry-standard guidelines that clearly define goals, precautions, and timelines for gradual increases in the application of load to the healing tissue. As with all musculoskeletal injuries, manual therapy, pain reduction modalities, targeted strengthening, patient education, and a robust home exercise program are provided.

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