Bones, Joints & Muscles
What is Ortho Rehab?
Orthopedic rehabilitation (Ortho Rehab) programs are designed for people with impairments or disabilities due to disease, disorders, or injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. Ortho Rehab can often improve the person’s ability to function, reduce symptoms, and improve the person’s well-being.
What conditions can benefit from Ortho Rehab?
Some of the conditions that may benefit from Ortho Rehab may include the following:
- Tendon injuries and tears such as Achilles tendon and rotator cuff in the shoulder
- Trauma injuries, such as sprains, strains, joint dislocations, and fractures
- Bone tumors
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint injury and replacement
The Ortho Rehab Program:
The Ortho Rehab Program is designed to meet the needs of the individual person, depending on the specific problem or disease. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program. The goal of rehab is to help the person return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life — physically, emotionally, and socially. To help reach these goals, programs may include the following:
- Exercise programs to improve range of motion, increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and mobility, and increase endurance
- Gait (walking) retraining and methods of safe ambulation (including the use of a walker, cane, or crutch)
- Recommending, fitting and training use of braces, and splints (orthoses), or artificial limbs (prostheses)
- Help with obtaining assistive devices that promote independence
- Patient and family education and counseling
- Pain management
- Ergonomic assessments and work-related injury prevention
- Vocational counseling