Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Saunders physical therapists treat all disorders of the musculoskeletal system: bones, joints, muscles, nerves and connective tissues. We use hands-on techniques to promote pain relief. We are experts at detecting movement disorders and muscular imbalances, which are often the root cause of many painful disorders – especially the problems that last a long time or keep coming back. We focus on long-term resolution of symptoms and self-management to decrease costs and encourage independence.

Examples of common problems we see:

  • Shoulder tendinitis and rotator cuff injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow, elbow, wrist and hand sprains and strains
  • Neck pain and whiplash
  • Low back pain
  • Brachial plexus injury and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Hip bursitis, arthritis and tendinitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Knee sprains and lower extremity muscle strains
  • Torn knee ligaments
  • Ankle and foot sprains and strains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation for all of the above

Our treatment philosophy includes:

  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation: A thorough evaluation will be performed on your initial visit to assess for muscle imbalances, myofascial restrictions, joint dysfunction, and nerve involvement that may be contributing to your symptoms. A specific plan is then developed. If you are seeing us after a surgery, we work closely with your physician to restore range of motion, strength, and function safely.
  • Manual Therapy: Our therapists all have advanced training in manual therapy, a hands-on approach that addresses restrictions in the soft tissue, myofascial system, and/or joints to facilitate a healing environment.
  • Physical Modalities: Modalities, such as heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used to help with pain control as needed, but are soon replaced by a focus on progressive exercise and functional activities.
  • Exercise and Return to Function: At the appropriate point in your treatment, exercises and functional activities will be progressed. You will do many of these activities at home or at a health club and check in as needed to progress you safely back to full function. Each patient’s plan of care is individualized to promote the best outcome possible.