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Orthopedic Injuries

Orthopedic Injuries

Back On Track provides a variety of treatments for orthopedic injuries. Our therapists offer patients hands-on, one-on-one time in which they are treated to cutting-edge manual techniques.

Orthopedic patients will benefit from manual therapy techniques when they are used in conjunction with other treatments. These include aquatic and Burdenko therapy, electric stimulation, heat/cold, and ultrasound. Another state-of-the-art modality utilized by Back On Track for the management of pain and/or inflammation is Iontophoresis. Iontophoresis delivers anti-inflammatory medication directly through the skin to the injured or painful area by the use of electric stimulation. Iontophoresis is similar to cortizone injection benefits but without the shots and side effects of cortizone. Phonophoresis can also deliver anti-inflammatory medication through the skin but rather than use electric stimulation like iontophoresis, phonophoresis uses ultrasound. These treatments are particularly useful in cases of bursitis, ligament sprains, muscle strains or spasms, and tendonitis. Paraffin wax therapy, especially good for the hands, is another method to treat with moist heat. It is regularly used for inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis and arthritis to reduce pain and improve flexibility. Fluidotherapy is very useful in treating painful or injured limbs such as wrist/hand and ankle/foot problems. Fluidotherapy delivers moist heat through the use of granular particles in a dry whirlpool environment. It is also often used in rehabilitation for the limbs post-surgery.

Back On Track's occupational therapists are skilled in the making of splints for managing common orthopedic injuries of the upper body. They also offer tailored equipment that allows orthopedic patients to function as independently as possible after their injury.

The rehabilitation process can not be as successful without the implementation of exercise. The physical and occupational therapists at Back On Track will create specific exercise programs for each patient that will allow for their recovery. Benefits of these exercise programs include strengthening of the affected muscle groups, stretching of the muscles and their connective tissues, and regaining a full range of motion. Conditioning exercises can be an essential part of the rehabilitative process, especially after prolonged hospitalizations. A wide range of exercise equipment can be found at Back On Track. Our fully equipped gym has a full range of weight training equipment including free weights and circuit equipment for resistive strengthening, treadmills, an elliptical stepper, stationary bikes (including a recumbent bike), and an upper body ergometer (bike for the arms).

Orthopedic injury or surgery patients can often benefit from proprioceptive training. Proprioception is the body’s sense of the position of each of its parts, whether the body is moving properly, and where the various parts of our body are located in relation to each other. Serious orthopedic injuries and surgery will benefit from the sense of proper movement and positioning of our joints in the recovery process. The Biomechanical Ankle Platform System (BAPS) is an essential part of the exercise equipment used for relearning proprioception. In addition to the BAPS board, Back On Track's physical therapists use many restorative exercises to reestablish proprioception after an orthopedic injury or surgery.