The therapist will follow the recommendations of the orthopedic surgeon for implementation and progression of the treatment program. Initial intervention is aimed at managing pain and swelling. Exercises are introduced gradually with progression toward restoring range of motion, strength and function.
Patient will be educated to help avoid recurrence of the problem, and in the event of recurrence, minimize the consequences.
The therapy typically includes biweekly or tri-weekly treatments for four weeks; during which the therapist may provide:
- The use of ice, heat, ultrasound, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, TNS, electrical stimulation, cold laser light therapy, contrast baths as needed
- Stretching, isometric, strengthening, balance, conditioning and closed kinetic chain exercises
- Functional training for mobility and gait
- Postural correction exercises
- Body mechanics instruction
- Prosthetic training
- Sports simulation activities
- Progression in weight bearing status
- Home exercise program instruction
The patient can expect to make gradual improvements in range of motion, strength and function over the course of treatment.