Physical and occupational therapy is an integral part of recovery from orthopaedic injury or orthopaedic surgery. Duke Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy provides care to patients with a wide variety of conditions including:
Our therapists meet with patients to educate them about their injury or problem, assess the patients current joint function, and instruct them in exercises that will help strengthen and restore function to their injured muscle or joint.
Physical therapy is often beneficial for patients suffering from pain related to minor sprains, strains, or tears but who don't require surgery. Sometimes practicing a few targeted exercises each week or properly splinting or casting a joint is enough to restore full function and mobility to the injured muscle or joint.
Our therapists work with patients following surgery to teach them how to properly apply weight and pressure to the injured joint and how to complete everyday activities without re-injury.
Learn more about physical and occupational therapy services offered in each orthopaedic discipline:
Physical therapy is used as a first line of defense to strengthen joints and muscles in the foot and ankle following an injury. Our physical and occupational therapists also offer services before and after foot and ankle surgery.
Learn more about foot and ankle therapy.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy are offered before and after total hip replacements and total knee replacements. Care begins with an interdisciplinary pre-operative educational class. The class helps prepare patients for their surgery, hospital stay, and discharge.
Physical and occupational therapy are used to treat knee injuries and relieve pain associated with strains, sprains, and tears.
Learn more about knee therapy.
Duke physical therapists and occupational therapists provide Level I trauma care, to patients with injuries from motor vehicle accidents, assaults, gun shot wounds, falls, and the like.
Our therapists are trained to evaluate and treat multi-system trauma which may also include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple bone fractures.
Physical therapists and occupational therapists work with pediatric orthopaedic patients to restore range of motion and strength to the injured muscle or joint and help the patient return to activities of daily living, normal gait, and improved balance.
Learn more about therapy for pediatric orthopaedic conditions.
Physical and occupational therapists offer therapy to reduce shoulder pain and speed recovery after shoulder injury or shoulder surgery.
Duke physical therapists and occupational therapists provide sports medicine services, including sports injury assessment and rehabilitation.
Learn more about the Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy sports medicine program.
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