• Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 

    Musculoskeletal rehabilitation in our clinic involves the diagnosis and treatment of movement system syndromes.  Our approach is based on the belief that impairments in movement and posture most often cause the symptoms associated with musculoskeletal problems such as pain, sensory changes, stiffness, weakness, or joint instability.  

    Your physical therapist will determine and communicate your movement system diagnosis after taking a history related to your chief complaint and performing a systematic exam.  The exam will include assessment of alignment and movement patterns in a variety of positions and during functional activities.  Contributing factors to your problem will be identified through the evaluation of muscle length, extensibility, range of motion, strength, and sensory function.   Regions above and below the area of chief complaint are included in the assessment in order to determine their possible contribution to the problem.   

    Your treatment will be based on your diagnosis and goals.  A major component of treatment is education to correct faulty movement and postures associated with functional activities such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, and work or fitness activities.  In addition, an individualized therapeutic exercise pro­gram will be prescribed to address the contributing factors and promote precision of motion.

    Examples of conditions routinely seen in patients of all ages include the following:

    • Back pain (lumbar or thoracic spine) with or without radiating symptoms
    • Neck pain with or without radiating symptoms and loss of motion
    • Shoulder joint problems such as impingement, labral tear, or  instability
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome or nerve entrapments in the arm
    • Hip or groin pain and stiffness which may be associated with a labral tear, impingement, snapping hip or arthritis
    • Knee conditions such as patellofemoral pain, ligamentous or meniscal injuries, or arthritis
    • Foot and ankle conditions
    • Soft tissue injuries or conditions such as rotator cuff tears or tendonopathy, tennis elbow, hamstring strains, ilio-tibial band pain, posterior tibialis tendinitis, plantar fasciitis
    • Elbow or hand conditions