Orthopedics (Pre/Post-op)

Orthopedics (Pre/Post-op) at Crest

Orthopedic physical therapy treatments focus on the musculoskeletal system, which comprises the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of the body. Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that may warrant physical therapy treatments are:

  • Natural aging. Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
  • Accidents. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, collisions.
  • Sports injuries. Contact and non-contact sports.

Our patients may need orthopedic physical therapy after surgery, cancer, or sometimes even pregnancy. At Crest, our team of physical therapists shares the common goal of helping you heal properly from your orthopedic injury and achieve optimal functional mobility. Goals of treatment include:

  • Pain and swelling management
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Scar tissue buildup prevention

Physical Therapy Treatments and Techniques May Include

Manual therapy

Soft tissue mobilizations

Joint mobilization

Pain management techniques

Manual muscle stretching

Therapeutic exercise.


Physical therapy is one of the safest and most effective treatment options for orthopedic injuries and conditions. Physical therapy may be recommended for

  • Spine pain. Neck, mid-back, low back.
  • Upper extremity pain. Shoulder, elbow, hand.
  • Lower extremity pain. Hip, leg, knee, foot. 

Common causes of these types of pain include

  • Arthritis. Inflammation of the joints.
  • Bursitis. Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints.
  • Rotator cuff injuries. Inflammation or tearing of the tendons that stabilize and move the shoulder.
  • Carpal tunnel. A pinched and inflamed wrist nerve.
  • ACL tears. A tear of the ligament that stabilizes the knee.
  • Plantar fasciitis. Inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel to the toes.
  • Sprains. The stretching or tearing of ligaments.
  • Fractures. A broken bone.

Musculoskeletal diseases that may cause these types of pain include

  • Muscular dystrophy. Causes muscle damage and weakness.
  • Parkinson’s disease. Affects movement and often causes tremors
  • Stroke. Damages the brain by reducing blood supply.
  • Lyme disease. May cause joint and limb weakness.
  • Cancer. Destroys body tissue.
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