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Healing with Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Southeastern MA & RI

Southcoast Health is a place where patients can heal and embrace better health. One of the ways that we do this is through orthopedic physical therapy in Fall River, New Bedford, MA and the surrounding areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island through Southcoast Rehabilitation Services.

Physical therapy (or PT) offers a hands-on approach to improve strength, flexibility and movement, especially after an injury or surgery, or as part of a treatment plan for a chronic condition.

Whether you’re recovering from a hip replacement or wanting to become a better athlete, you can rely on the physical therapy services at Southcoast Health to improve your quality of life.

Benefits of Orthopedic Physical Therapy

The benefits of PT are almost endless, and physical therapy exercises have been proven to stimulate healing, decrease pain, restore or improve mobility and function, and prevent or delay disability in people of all ages.

It can be used as a short-term treatment following an injury or after orthopedic surgery to relieve pain while regaining your strength, range of motion, mobility and balance. Physical therapy can also be used as a way to avoid surgery or prescription pain medicine in a long-term treatment plan.

Physical therapy can be especially helpful in treating the following orthopedic issues:

What to Expect from Physical Therapy at Southcoast Health

Your first visit with your physical therapist will be similar to a doctor’s visit. You’ll discuss your current condition, symptoms and medical history. Your therapist will then perform an evaluation — testing and measuring your strength, range of motion, posture, balance and function. You will be actively involved in your rehab care and your therapy team will work with you to help achieve your goals in a safe and effective manner.

The types of recommended PT may include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Balance training
  • Gait training
  • Hand therapy
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Modalities: Electrical stimulation, including TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and ultrasound
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Traction
  • Education on exercises and techniques you can do at home

Our therapists are experts in preventing and minimizing disability, helping our patients return to an active lifestyle. Our team is always available to discuss your care and treatment options. Find an orthopedic surgeon or Southcoast Rehabilitation Services location near you to develop an individualized treatment plan and meet your specific needs.

Southcoast Health offers orthopedic physical therapy services in Swansea, Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham, MA, as well as Portsmouth, RI and surrounding areas.