The physical therapy department at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, offers an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. The physicians and physical therapists work together as a team to ensure you achieve your rehabilitation goals in the safest and most effective manner. To find out how physical therapy can help you, call or request an appointment online today.
Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health care that focuses on relieving pain and improving joint function after a musculoskeletal injury or surgery. The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center consists of licensed physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physical therapy technicians.
With the personalized physical therapy treatment plan they create for you, your recovery from an injury or surgery can occur faster.
The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center specializes in foot and ankle conditions, but they welcome all orthopaedic patients. They provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment for a broad range of musculoskeletal issues, including:
You may also need physical therapy to facilitate recovery after a foot or ankle surgery, such as:
The dedicated team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center helps you achieve optimal physical performance, both at work and at play.
The experienced physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center provides therapy for general orthopaedic conditions as well. Some of the orthopaedic issues the team provides treatment for includes:
The physical therapists also offer post-surgical rehabilitation, such as following shoulder or knee surgery.
The physical therapy team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center works closely with your physician to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
During your initial evaluation, your therapist assesses your condition and reviews your symptoms and medical history. Then, together you develop an individualized treatment program to increase your mobility, range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, stability, and endurance to help you recover faster and prevent future injuries. Your therapist also provides you with a home exercise program so you can get started right away.
At your follow-up sessions, you work one on one with your physical therapist improving mobility, strength, and stability to meet your functional goals. Your therapist devises an individualized exercise program for you to complete in the clinic with guidance from the athletic trainer or physical therapy technician.
They use the most advanced techniques and equipment, as well as alternative therapies to further improve and restore your health, such as:
Dry needling is a therapeutic treatment to relieve chronic and acute pain and promote recovery from injuries.
It's called dry needling because the needles don't contain any medication or anesthetic. These needles are inserted into muscles that are producing pain and contain trigger points. The purpose of dry needling is to desensitize these trigger points in order to decrease pain as well as restore the normal length and function of the involved muscle.
Dry needling differs from acupuncture such that it focuses its needle placement on trigger points on the affected muscles to decrease the muscle tension and dysfunction vs needle placement on blocked qi points to restore energy flow along the body's meridians and bring the body back to its balanced healthy state.
Patients can typically see positive results within a session but this would depend on the cause and duration of the injury.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation. Lasers work by flooding the tissue with photons, which energizes cells resulting in increased circulation to the injured area and ultimately pain reduction. Laser therapy can be safely used as an adjunct or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. Laser therapy last between 5-10 minutes depending on the condition being treated. It is administered directly to the skin and elicits soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Patients generally see results after 3-5 treatments.
What does laser do?
* GENERAL: The laser effects metabolism at the cellular level. It helps injured cells/ tissue heal quicker by enabling oxidative phosphorylation to be restored at mitochondria.
* PAIN: It has unique analgesic abilities that can help decrease pain TODAY.
* Inflammation: decreases around the nerve which promotes long term relief.
* Increases factors that impact pain perception
* Decreases inflammatory factors
* Analgesia: afferent conduction of pain receptors slowed.
* Primary reason you can change pain levels during initial treatment.
* Can benefit both Chronic and Acute pain.
* JOINTS: acts at synovium to reduce pain and inflammation.
* Good for swollen joints, OA. Safe over total joints/ metal implants.
* TISSUE HEALING: helps increase fibroblastic, osteoblastic, tenocyte activity.
* Promotes lay down of new collagen.
* Fibroblastic activity increases and number of fibroblasts is increased.
* Microcirculation and neovascularization both increase. Promotes tissue healing.
* Faster healing defends against chronic dysfunction.
Why should I (the patient) add it to my POC?
* It will help get patient out of pain quickly. Reduce need for meds.
* Will help reduce swelling and promote BETTER tissue healing.
* These factors will restore function faster.
* These factors are why professional and college teams are using laser.
* Will likely reduce POC visits: save on Co-pays, additional tests, and time off work.
* Will enable treatment sessions to be progressed faster/ more diverse 2 pain reduction.
* Treatments are fast, safe, painless and most patients experience results after only a few sessions.
* Treatments are administered in as little as 4-10 mins and are performed in conjunction with your current physical therapy treatments.
Wii-Hab is rehabilitative therapy using the Nintendo® Wii. This is a fun and challenging way to regain strength and function after a surgical procedure.
The experienced team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center also utilize the Graston technique, which uses special instruments to aid in soft tissue mobilization for the treatment of fascial restrictions, as well as muscle and tendon dysfunctions. The therapists have specialized training in order to be able to provide this treatment for you.
Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center also has a YouTube channel where you can find most of their prescribed physical therapy exercises. This helps you maintain progress at home by exercising with proper form.
For the highest quality care in physical therapy, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.