This year, as part of National Physical Therapy Month, we wanted to take time to answer some of your most commonly asked questions about the physical therapy profession, what we do, and why we do it. So, every Friday in October we’ll be updating this post (and our social media!) with the answers. Be sure to check back every week! Have a question you’d like to see answered? It’s not too late! Send it our way – LetsTalk@SporTherapyentral.org.
Q: What’s the difference between orthopaedic and manual physical therapy?
A: This is a great question. Orthopedic physical therapy is the delivery of care for individuals with disorders or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic physical therapists are skilled in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. They are the experts in the assessment of movement and movement dysfunctions.
Hands-on manual physical therapy is often a component of a skilled orthopedic clinician, in addition to skilled exercise prescription and specific patient education. The physical therapists at SporTherapy are highly skilled and trained in advanced manual therapy and go through extensive post-graduate training in order to evaluate and treat a variety of orthopedic conditions.