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Orthopedic Therapy (OT) is a practice that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, connective tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Initially, this may seem like a lot of components for one body system but, because the musculoskeletal system is all connected, it is important to look at every component of the system.

There is a reason for this deep look at the musculoskeletal system. A full look at the whole system allows therapists to correctly diagnose and treat injuries. This provides better and more accurate treatment to people. Especially those who are seeking relief from pain and discomfort.

A Short Story

Orthopedic Therapy is a recent career field. Orthopedic therapy started in the 1970s. Joint and bone replacements became more common around that time. OT was used as a treatment after surgery and was found to be highly effective. As medicine has advanced, so has the field of orthopedic therapy.


Orthopedic physical therapy is still used today for a variety of conditions and surgeries. There are many different goals for different therapists in this field. For example, a big goal is to treat injuries or conditions without major surgeries. If a problem cannot be solved without surgery, therapy after the surgery is usually recommended.

What Is The Difference?

When you think of therapy, you probably think about physical therapy. Orthopedic therapy is different from physical therapy. Think of orthopedic therapy as a specific branch of physical therapy. A therapist who uses orthopedic therapy is going to have more education and experience than a traditional physical therapist.


Orthopedic Therapy hones in on the musculoskeletal system. A therapist in this field is going to look at this system and figure out how everything is working or not working and what may be causing pain. The therapist will then create a treatment plan and execute that treatment plan.

Education Requirements

In short, an orthopedic therapist has more education than a physical therapist. OT is a specialized field of physical therapy. A physical therapist will have the regular requirements for therapy and certifications for orthopedic therapy. 

Every state has its own set of requirements. These requirements are known as boards. Therapists must pass them to practice physical therapy. The same requirements are required for becoming an orthopedic therapist. Therapists will take classes, get at least 2,000 hours of practice, and take an examination. After completing these requirements an orthopedic therapist will then be board certified. 

What Does Orthopedic Therapy Treat?

When you have something wrong or have trouble moving, orthopedic therapy can help. In other words, the musculoskeletal system allows you to move. If your range of motion is compromised or you cannot move like you used to, orthopedic therapy aims to restore movement.


Treatment does not stop at just the range of motion. You may have a certain condition that impacts your ability to move. Therapy can help you live with your condition.


Orthopedic Therapy (OT) is a practice that focuses on everything in the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, connective tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons. This may seem like a lot of components for one body system. The musculoskeletal system is all connected so it is important to look at every component of the system and how it works together.

There is a reason for this deep look at the musculoskeletal system. A full look at the whole system is what allows therapists to correctly diagnose and treat injuries. This provides better treatment, customized to each individual. Especially those who are seeking relief from pain and discomfort.

What Are The Benefits of Orthopedic Therapy?

Orthopedic therapy allows you to get in control of your life. Having a limited range of motion can be devastating. It can impact how you live your day-to-day life. The goal of orthopedic therapy is to give you back your range of motion and let you live your life free of pain.


This kind of therapy can be a great option when other types of physical therapy have not worked. It is a specialized therapy that allows you to get you back on your feet. However, check with your trusted medical professional if you are wondering if orthopedic therapy is right for you. Once they have completed an assessment, they will be able to give you direction for your treatment.

Orthopedic Therapy at Bridge Physical Therapy

At Bridge Physical Therapy we offer different orthopedic therapy services. We provide services that treat weakness and diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. However, orthopedic therapy is a great choice as you heal from your surgeries. Orthopedic therapy for your condition may eliminate the need for surgery. 

When you have a limited range of motion or have trouble moving, orthopedic therapy is a good choice. The great thing about Bridge Physical Therapy is that we do not require a referral. Your insurance may require a referral so it is important to check with your insurance first.

A Better Approach

Not all therapists approach orthopedics the same way. Above all we want to give you the absolute best care possible. This may mean changing our approach. Especially if the treatment plan we have in place is not working. We take the time to listen to you and all of your concerns with your treatment. 

In addition, let us answer any questions that you have about treatment and moving forward with our simple check in system. While we accept several types of insurance, we also have 4 different types of payment plans. We want to make you feel as comfortable as possible in our office.  

How Can Bridge Physical Therapy Help You?

The good news is Bridge Physical Therapy offers OT. We also offer other services to help speed up your healing. Plus at our office, a professional therapist will choose what is going to be best for you and your needs. 

Our staff is willing to do what it takes to help you achieve your goals. It does not matter how big or small they are. Every step in the right direction is a win for us and we want to celebrate them with you. 

Here at Bridge Physical Therapy, we are passionate about the body and all things related to healing. Our staff has a great amount of knowledge about different approaches and ways to treat the body. Not all bodies are the same. Treatment plans are created for each person and their goals.

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