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What Is Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on the assessment, minimization, and correction of pain and musculoskeletal impairments. Orthopedic therapy addresses problems with joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Post-surgical as well as non-surgical conditions are treatable with this approach. The goal of orthopedic treatment is to promote optimal tissue regeneration and increase bio-motor function.  Here at PTS – Orange County, our orthopedic specialists use a variety of techniques to diminish pain and correct movement impairments. Below are some examples of the interventions and procedures we use at Physical Therapy Specialists – Orange County.

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Orthopedic manual therapy is a specialized approach from Norway that Dr. Robert has practiced extensively. The technique utilizes a specific algorithm for examination with a focus on tissue-specific diagnosis. Manual therapy addresses the source of the problem. The treatments combine tissue-specific exercises with joint mobilization techniques.  Instead of following a typical orthopedic treatment protocol for lower back pain, we find where the pain is coming from and treat that specifically.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercises are physical activities that focus on restoring and building strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. The goal is to help our injured patients return to pain-free regular daily activities.

All physical therapists at PTS have certification in orthopedic manual therapy techniques and are professionally trained to effectively deal with orthopedic disorders.


We focus on the integration of technology and physical science. Technology, combined with hands-on manual therapy and corrective therapeutic exercises, is the most effective way to help patients move better and with no pain.  Our practice integrates cutting-edge cold laser technology, hot and cold therapy, iontophoresis, bio-medical feedback and other medical devices to help in the regenerative process.

Patients who have acute and chronic low-back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, general arthritic complaints, hip and knee osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, muscle strains and joint sprains benefit from orthopedic physical therapy intervention. In addition, post-surgical rehabilitation is critical for successful recovery from operations such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, total hip and knee replacement, shoulder decompression, and a variety of surgical spine procedures.

At Physical Therapy Specialists, our therapists are required to complete post graduate training specializing in manual physical therapy techniques. Manual orthopedic therapy encompasses the clinical components of biomechanics (joint movement), histology (tissue and cell regeneration), neuro-physiology(muscle response to pain), traumatology (inflammatory and healing processes), and exercise physiology (exercise techniques). Dr. Inglis is a clinical instructor for physical therapy programs at Chapman University, Loma Linda University and Western University.

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