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Physical Therapy

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Physical therapy is a critical part of treatment for various injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics offers in-office physical therapy services to help you recover quickly and safely so you can get back to your regular activities. If you’re looking for personalized physical therapy in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy combines stretches, exercises, and other manual therapies to rehabilitate your body. It’s a highly personalized treatment, with each program tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual.

Physical therapy can help you maintain and rebuild strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance. It might even help you avoid more invasive treatments, including surgery. 

For example, after a joint replacement, you start physical therapy right away. Your initial appointments include small, passive range-of-motion exercises. 

As you recover, your physical therapist increases the intensity of your sessions until you’re moving your body on your own and incorporating resistance and weight. 

What conditions improve with physical therapy?

The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics incorporates physical therapy into treatment plans for a wide range of injuries and conditions, including:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sports injuries 
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Back and neck pain
  • Tendinitis 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve injuries
  • Balance problems

The orthopaedic surgeons also recommend physical therapy following operations like joint replacements and rotator cuff repairs. 

How do I know if physical therapy is right for me?

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics provides thorough exams and consultations. They evaluate your condition and determine if physical therapy is right for you. 

During your exam, they may test your strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. 

What should I expect during physical therapy?

After your evaluation, your physical therapist collaborates with your orthopaedic surgeon to create a personalized treatment plan. Your personalized plan may include:

  • Range-of-motion and strengthening exercises
  • Stretches to restore flexibility
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Joint protection principles
  • Fitness activities
  • Postural retraining
  • Kinesiology taping

In addition to your in-office treatments, your physical therapist teaches you exercises and stretches to practice at home. Follow their instructions to maintain your progress between appointments and keep your recovery on track.

If you have a painful injury, chronic musculoskeletal condition, or a scheduled surgery, call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or make an appointment online today to learn about your physical therapy options.