Orthopedic physical therapy is the foundation of our practice and represents the majority of our patient referrals. Our physical therapists are orthopedic specialists and experts in evaluating, treating and managing patients with orthopedic conditions.

Some of these conditions include sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament tears, muscle tears, joint/muscle/tendon inflammations, post-fracture injury, joint stiffness, joint pain, rotator cuff repair, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction, and post-arthroscopic and total joint replacement surgeries. You can access these Orthopedic services in all of our physical therapy clinics.

At Professional Physical Therapy, we provide these orthopedic services:

  • Pain Modulation Techniques
  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Manual Muscle Stretching
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

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What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy and how can it help?


Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on the treatment or rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system, which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Physical Therapy is often helpful in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that can cause pain, decreased strength, decreased range of motion, or swelling.


The most common surgeries requiring post-operative physical therapy would be for the knees and shoulders. Today, most knee and shoulder surgeries are performed arthroscopically. Some specific surgeries for the knee would be ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy, meniscus repair, and lateral release of the patella. Common surgeries for the shoulder would be rotator cuff repair, acromioplasty (shaving of bone spurs on the acromion), SLAP repair, and capsular tightening for loose shoulder joints. In addition, joint replacement surgeries such as total knee replacements and total hip replacements often need post-surgical outpatient physical therapy.


Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on the treatment or rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system, which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Physical Therapy is often helpful in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that can cause pain, decreased strength, decreased range of motion, or swelling.


Most knee injuries fall under one of two categories – gradual onset or a traumatic injury. The gradual onset conditions tend to be more of the arthritis or tendonitis conditions such as osteoarthritis, patellofemoral (kneecap) pain, and patellar tendonitis. The most common diagnoses for a traumatic injury are ACL, MCL, and meniscus tears. Patients respond well to physical therapy in most cases of both gradual onset or traumatic knee injuries.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) usually help with conditions aggravated by inflammation (the suffix “itis” means “inflammation of”). Some common inflammatory conditions would be arthritis (inflammation of a joint), plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibialis tendonitis (shin splints), and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Physical therapy may be beneficial for inflammatory conditions that do not improve through rest and medication.

Convenient physical therapy clinics near you

We provide orthopedic physical therapy from our clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.  Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and orthopedic physical therapy specialist today.