orthopedic physical therapy.

We are orthopedic specialists

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.

Professional PT orthopedic physical therapist and patient at Manhattan clinic.

What makes orthopedic physical therapy different?

Like physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons spend some of their time diagnosing injuries or conditions of the musculoskeletal system. However, instead of relying primarily on exercise regimens, orthopedic surgeons perform operations to restore function to patients.

Many orthopedic surgeons specialize in operating on specific parts of the musculoskeletal system, such as the spine, hips or shoulders. The focus of orthopedic physical therapy is to help your injury heal properly and improve your strength, range of motion, and overall functional mobility.

At Professional Physical Therapy, we provide these orthopedic services

Here are some of the orthopedic physical therapy techniques a Professional physical therapist will use when working with your injury or condition.

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

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Our physical therapists will customize an orthopedic physical therapy plan just for you.  We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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What is Orthopedic Physical Therapy and how can it help?

“What is 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.

“I have shoulder pain. Where could my pain be coming from?”

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.

“I have knee pain. Where could my pain be coming from?”

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 diagnosis 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.

“What are the most common orthopedic surgeries requiring postoperative physical therapy?”

The most common surgeries requiring postoperative 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 replacements and total hip replacements often need post-surgical outpatient physical therapy.”

“Anti-inflammatory medicine tends to help me a lot with my aches and pains. Why is this?”

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.

“What can I expect from the orthopedic therapy process?”

When you seek orthopedic physical therapy, you can expect to encounter a variety of common orthopedic tools. These include therapeutic elements like heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, exercise tools and equipment, evaluation and assessment tools, assistive devices like walkers or canes, mobilization or soft tissue massage instruments, and orthotics or prosthetics. In addition to these tools, however, the main thing you can expect is a heavy prescription of exercise. Your orthopedic physical therapist will introduce you to exercises to improve strength, range of motion, flexibility, balance, and endurance.

orthopedic physical therapy shoulder stretching at a manhattan clinic.

How do I know if I need orthopedic physical therapy?

If you’ve suffered any of the following injuries, or are exhibiting pain-related symptoms, you should seek out an orthopedic physical therapist. Here are a few of the conditions you should keep an eye out for.

  • ACL tear
  • Knee instability
  • Knee pain
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patella pain
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip bursitis
  • Hip pain
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ankle sprain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Low back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Torn disc
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage damage
  • Fractures
  • Running injuries
  • Stress fractures

Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.


New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)

Convenient physical therapy clinics near you

We provide orthopedic physical therapy in Manhattan NYC, 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.

We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.