Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Therapy

What is Orthopedic Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is a primary modality of physical therapy. It is a skilled application of hands-on techniques by skilled clinicians to manipulate soft tissue, joints, and nerves. Manual therapy is important for multiple body systems, because hands-on manipulation can be very effective to decrease pain and tissue tension, improve quality of movement, and guide a patient through their exercises.

The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines orthopaedic manual physical therapy as: "a specialised area of physiotherapy/physical therapy for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. Orthopaedic manual therapy also encompasses, and is driven by, the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient.”

Biological Effects and Benefits of Orthopedic Manual Therapy:

What can Orthopedic Manual Therapy Treat:

How does it work?

Before initiating any manual therapy (or other physical therapy) techniques, the therapist will typically perform a complete assessment of the patient’s bones, muscles, and blood and nerve supply to ensure further complications will not occur. Depending on assessment results, the physical therapist may choose to perform techniques including, but not limited to, the variety discussed below.

Let’s say you are having stiffness in your hip. During your sessions in the clinic, your Doctor of Physical Therapy may employ manual therapy techniques like joint and soft tissue mobilization and/or massage to improve your range of motion and decrease stiffness and discomfort when you walk.

Your Doctor of Physical Therapy will assign exercises and stretches that you can complete independently, but manual therapy techniques applied by a skilled Doctor of Physical Therapy can take your treatment to the next level. Unfortunately, not every physical therapist will use manual therapy, or will be train in manual therapy, in your treatment – application depends on your sensitivity, your stage in the healing process, and the potential benefits of the technique.

Note from the Cleveland Clinic

Manual Therapy treatments are appropriate and play an important role to prevent other problems or comorbidities, improving the patient’s overall quality of life.

Current Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on which treatment under Manual Therapy your doctor performs, it can be uncomfortable at times, but for the most part it is painless and can actually even be relieving.

Orthopedic Manual Therapy treatments can last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.

You can expect some general soreness following the treatment, which can typically last anywhere from 2-4 days.

We recommend staying hydrate post treatment, which can aid in your recovery if you are feeling any soreness.

Please read above for a detailed description as to what Orthopedic Manual therapy does.

Generally a fairly safe treatment as your Doctor will be controlling and going to your tolerance with the treatment.

This is something that will be covered under insurance as part of your treatment, should your doctor deem it necessary to treat you.

All treatments will be performed by an expert Doctor of Physical Therapy who has gone through extensive training.

Number of Sessions will be determined upon Initial Evaluation. Depending on severity of the patients condition, which will determine how many sessions. The Doctor of Physical Therapy will come up with a plan of care tailored to the patients benefit to promote optimal and rapid recovery.

Depending on which treatments the Doctor will be performing, sessions can last about an hour of Advanced Hands on Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

MVP Physio Dr. is located at 1645 Forest Hill Rd, Suite 105, Macon, GA 31210.

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