Whether you have recently undergone orthopedic surgery, have sustained an injury, or have an ongoing condition that requires rehabilitation, physical therapy (PT) is an excellent way to improve muscle strength and flexibility, and restore a healthy range of motion. The goals of physical therapy are to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself, decrease pain, improve mobility, and prevent future disability.
If you or a loved one needs the expertise of a physical therapist, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health today. We offer orthopedic physical therapy in Arizona, with convenient locations at our hospitals and outpatient therapy clinics.
Why Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation May Be Needed
Your doctor may recommend short-term physical therapy immediately following an orthopedic surgery to help you reduce pain and restore normal range of motion. In cases of a chronic health condition or illness, physical therapy may be part of a long-term treatment strategy. Your doctor may also prescribe physical therapy as an alternative to surgery or prescription pain medicine.
Generally, physical therapy is known to be effective for treating the following:
What to Expect With Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Dignity Health
When you meet with a physical therapist (PT) for the first time at Dignity Health, you can expect it to be similar to a doctor’s visit. During your initial appointment, your PT will go over your symptoms and medical history to set the stage for your therapy. You should be as specific as possible about your symptoms, as this will help your PT determine which therapies will work best for you.
Types of physical therapy include:
- Massage therapy
- Water therapy
- Exercises that focus on range of motion
- Treadmill and gait training
- Electrical stimulation therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Chest physiotherapy
- Education on at-home exercises and techniques
Together, you and your PT will create a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your preferences and lifestyle. The goal of your therapy will be to help you recover and achieve full range of motion without pain or discomfort.
Dignity Health offers people of all ages the ability to improve movement and flexibility with orthopedic physical therapy in Arizona.