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Which Physical Therapy Clinic Should I Use?

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Which Physical Therapy Clinic Should I Use?

Successful recovery from orthopaedic injuries, whether treated with or without surgery, is highly dependent on appropriate rehabilitation protocols. Factors such as strength, flexibility, biomechanical stability of injured structures, proprioception or balance, and pain must be evaluated and modified to obtain ideal function. While appropriately-educated patients can often perform basic rehab requirements with minimal guidance, more complex injuries require more knowledgeable supervision. Rotator cuff repairs, ACL reconstructions, and total joint replacements are some of the more common procedures that usually require organized physical therapy for maximal recovery.

The ideal therapist works in concert with your treating surgeon to progressively increase strength and functional ability during the healing period, while protecting from excess stresses which could lead to re-injury. Good communication between therapist and surgeon is key, as numerous injuries with different healing requirements can be treated with an apparently similar procedure (a “scope”). In my practice, I try to communicate the necessary restrictions and appropriate progression of activity to the physical therapists I trust my patients to. Our mutual goal is optimal physical function with minimal pain after working through the rehab period.

I work with numerous physical therapy clinics, depending on patient preference and location. ACT, located throughout the Birmingham metro area, has been one of my most reliable providers over the past 15 years. I have been consistently satisfied with the high level personal care they provide my patients with, and I would recommend their services without reservation.

I hope this information has been helpful. If you or your family member have any questions, feel free to call us at 802-6700 or 271-6503 and we would be happy to help you.

-Dr. Robert S. Wolf, MD

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