Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Physical Therapy

If you suffer an injury or have a medical condition that affects your mobility, physical therapy can limit the pain, complement your recovery, and reduce the risk of complications. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists regularly use physical therapy to strengthen muscles, reduce uncomfortable symptoms, and encourage the body’s healing process. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, and Princeton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy uses noninvasive treatments, like massage, stretches, and strengthening exercises, to relieve pain and promote healing after an injury, illness, or surgery. By participating in physical therapy, you can reduce the risk of disability and return to activities, like work and exercise, much sooner.

At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO), the orthopaedic specialists use physical therapy to strengthen muscles, reduce pain, and promote circulation. To ensure lasting outcomes, treatment includes a combination of weekly physical therapy sessions and regular checkups with your physician.

What medical conditions might benefit from physical therapy?

At MBO, the orthopaedic specialists use physical therapy to treat various medical conditions, including:

  • Hand pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Hip conditions
  • Knee conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Work injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

You might also be a candidate for physical therapy if you’re preparing to undergo orthopaedic surgery.

What are the types of physical therapy?

The orthopaedic specialists at MBO offer several types of physical therapy, including:

  • Orthopaedic physical therapy: for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, bone health
  • Geriatric physical therapy: to help older adults maintain their independence, bone health
  • Sports therapy: to help athletes and active individuals prevent injuries and return to sports

Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) also offers occupational therapy, which differs from physical therapy. Occupational therapy is a form of rehabilitation that focuses on restoring movement, strength, and coordination. The goal of occupational therapy is to make each individual as independent as possible in completing all of their activities of daily living and leisure activities that lead to a fulfilling life. 

If full restoration of function is not possible, the orthopaedic specialists at MBO work with patients to modify how an activity is done or educate them on adaptive equipment that will allow them to successfully complete the activities that are most important to them.

After a review of your medical records and a discussion of your symptoms, your provider at MBO can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

Physical therapy provides many benefits compared with traditional treatments, like prescription painkillers.

For one, it’s noninvasive and often prevents the need for surgery. What’s more, physical therapy increases your muscle strength, improves your balance, and it can even help manage age-related medical problems, like loss of balance. If you play sports or lead a physically active lifestyle, physical therapy can help you maximize performance and reduce the risk of an injury.

How long does physical therapy take?

The length of time that physical therapy takes, depends on your goals and the severity of your symptoms. If you’re recovering from a soft-tissue injury, MBO typically recommends a series of regular checkups over the course of 6-8 weeks. If you have a more serious injury, or you’re recovering from surgery, it might take longer.

If you’re struggling to recover from an illness, injury, or operation, consider physical therapy. To make an appointment at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, call the nearest office or book online today.