Orthopedic Doctor, St. Louis
You may not always think about the important role your knees and shoulders play in your day-to-day life, but whether they are helping you get around or perform daily activities, they are constantly working hard. When you injure your knee or shoulder, you can be greatly affected — from being unable to enjoy the things you normally do, to the possibility of being in extreme pain.
One way to help correct your knee or shoulder injuries is with physical therapy exercises. Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on rehabilitating the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, ligaments, joints, and tendons) after injuries.
Physical Therapy for Knee and Shoulder Injuries
Sports injuries and trauma can result in fraying and tearing of muscles, tendons, and cartilage. If you want a non-invasive solution to your knee or shoulder injury, orthopedic physical therapy could greatly help your condition. Medication can reduce pain and inflammation, but that will not solve the underlying problem. Physical therapy can also be an important factor for recovering after surgery.
What Dr. Miller aims to do with physical therapy is help restore your range of motion, increase your strength, and reduce your pain to improve your overall mobility.
Physical Therapy Protocols
Mark Miller, MD recognizes the value physical therapy has in treating knee and shoulder injuries, that is why Dr. Miller has prepared protocols to follow for specific conditions with the rotator cuff, meniscus, and other shoulder and knee issues.
We take sports medicine very seriously, that is why we have included “Return to Sport” protocols for athletes wanting to get back into the game. We also offer some prevention recommendations for athletes, coaches, and trainers.
Our protocols are a great resource but they do not replace or substitute a physical therapy consultation and exercise. It is best to consult with an orthopedic specialist to discuss your physical therapy options.
Orthopedic physical therapy exercises may involve:
- Strengthening exercises
- Stretching and flexibility exercises
- Exercises to improve range of motion
- Balance exercises
- Functional mobility exercises
- Endurance exercises
- Plyometric (jumping) exercises
Orthopedic physical therapy often involves using specific tools to aid in your rehabilitation. Instruments may include:
- Therapeutic modalities (heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation)
- Assistive devices (walkers or canes)
- Exercise tools and equipment
- Mobilization or soft tissue massage instruments