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Physical Therapy

SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery & Nutrition Located in Huntsville, Madison, Athens & Decatur, AL

Physical therapy is an integral part of your recovery from all musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative diseases, and orthopedic surgery. Both of SportsMED’s physical therapy centers use state-of-the-art equipment and employ a staff of expertly trained and caring licensed physical therapists and assistants. To schedule a physical therapy appointment at our Huntsville or Madison location, call today or use the online booking feature.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What benefits will I gain from physical therapy?

Physical therapy restores optimal strength and function to patients recovering from orthopedic surgery and injuries. The treatments physical therapists at SportsMED Orthopedic Surgery & Spine Center perform support healing by:

  • Increasing blood flow
  • Diminishing inflammation
  • Relieving pain
  • Restoring muscle strength
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Promoting flexibility
  • Rebuilding balance
  • Improving body mechanics

The team customizes your physical therapy to meet your goals, whether you need to reduce pain, return to competitive sports, or lower your risk of falls.

What health conditions may benefit from physical therapy?

Physical therapy can be a standalone therapy, but it’s typically part of a comprehensive treatment plan to promote faster healing from many different health problems. These are a few examples of health conditions that improve with physical therapy:

  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Bulging or herniated disc pain in neck or back
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Meniscus tear
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Physical therapy is a vital part of your recovery after orthopedic surgery, including joint replacement. Moving and exercising after surgery helps you heal faster, minimizes scar tissue development, and alleviates your pain.

What treatments might I receive during physical therapy?

The physical therapists at SportsMED plan your rehabilitation using advanced diagnostics like Cybex isokinetic strength testing and functional capacity evaluation and impairment ratings.

Based on their diagnostics and your underlying condition and goals, they develop an individualized plan that may include several passive and active treatment modalities.

Passive physical therapy techniques focus on reducing inflammation and pain and improving your range of motion. Examples of passive therapies include: 

  • Heat to relax muscles
  • Ice to reduce inflammation and swelling
  • Ultrasound to promote blood flow
  • Therapeutic massage to improve circulation and relax muscles
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to block pain signals
  • Decompression therapy to relieve the pain of pinched nerves

Physical therapy also incorporates active modalities such as:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Endurance training
  • Muscle stretching exercises
  • Resistance training
  • Balance training
  • Gait training 

Your physical therapist also provides integrative care by assessing the bones and supporting soft tissues that are placed under extra stress as your body compensates for injured tissues. Your comprehensive physical therapy plan includes the exercises you need to restore balance.

To schedule a physical therapy consultation, call SportsMED, or use the online booking system.