Physical therapists, under the referral and medical direction of physicians, work closely with patients to aid in the recovery process after an injury or surgery. Using a wide variety of equipment and therapeutic modalities, they can help develop a plan for patients to improve long-term health and rehabilitate injured bones, muscles and tendons. Reducing pain, restoring mobility and improving overall levels of function are physical therapists’ top priorities.
A successful PT regimen will not only hasten the healing and rehab process for an injured or repaired part of the body, but it should also ultimately help strengthen the site to lessen the likelihood of future injury. The goal is to eventually return a patient to a similar level of activity as they experienced prior to injury. Initially, a physical therapist might employ modalities aimed at reducing swelling and gradually restoring range of motion. Later, proprioception exercises allow a patient to restore function and balance as they “re-learn” the sense of how neighboring muscles and bones work in tandem with the rehabilitated part of their body. For an ankle or knee injury, as an example, this might mean balance exercises standing on one foot that help improve coordination and strength.
Campbell Clinic specializes in orthopaedic and sports medicine physical therapy services, including spine rehabilitation, sports injury rehabilitation, post-operative care, aquatic therapy, orthotics/splinting, pediatric and geriatric orthopaedic rehabilitation and work injury management. Physical therapy is offered at all five of our locations (Germantown, Medical Center, Southaven, Spine Center and Collierville).