Physical Therapy

Town Center Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Reston, VA & Centreville, VA

Physical therapy provides a foundation for recovery from a wide range of injuries and illnesses, as well as surgery. If you have chronic pain or other physical issues, the physical therapy team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates in Reston and Centreville, Virginia, can help. Their highly trained therapists work hard to provide the optimal level of care for their patients and use the latest techniques to enhance strength and mobility. Call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy is a term used to cover a wide range of treatments that aim to help you heal and build physical strength and flexibility following injury, illness, or surgery. 

It's also an important part of preoperative preparation for surgeries such as ACL reconstruction and total joint replacement.

The Town Center Orthopaedic Associates physical therapists have the skills and experience to diagnose and treat all types of musculoskeletal disorders. They can provide the expert supervision and assistance you need to perform physical therapy exercises safely and effectively. They also work side by side with your surgeon for optimal post-surgical rehabilitation.

Physical therapy sessions last from 30-60 minutes, depending on your diagnosis and how you're progressing. You also get a home exercise program to follow. Many physical therapy patients also benefit from occupational therapy sessions.

What are the types of specialized physical therapy?

Some of the techniques the Town Center Orthopaedic Associates physical therapy team might use to treat you include:

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (Graston® Technique)

Your physical therapist uses instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques to improve joint mobility by treating issues such as scar tissue buildup (fibrosis), inflammation, and fascial restrictions in your soft tissues.

The specialized instruments your physical therapist uses allow them to penetrate deep into the tissues. Breaking up the fibrosis and reducing the number of damaged fibers results in improved range of motion and reduction in pain.

Functional dry needling (FDN)

Trigger point dry needling uses a solid needle that penetrates your skin to access myofascial trigger points in your muscles. These trigger points are tightened fibers within a muscle that cause pain and tenderness and can limit movement.

Dry needling reduces muscle tension and improves pain control. It also helps to speed up a return to active physical therapy.

The Town Center Orthopaedic Associates physical therapy team also offers specialized services like Sportsmetrics™ – the first ACL injury prevention program that helps prevent female athletes from incurring serious knee ligament injuries.

What other physical therapy services are available?

Examples of the physical therapy services available at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates include:

  • Functional movement assessment
  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Corrective exercise regimens
  • Posture reeducation
  • Walking and running mechanics
  • Balance training
  • Core stabilization
  • Sport taping
  • Splinting

The team also provides routine aftercare following interventional procedures and surgeries.

You don't need to have a prescription to benefit from these treatments. Under Virginia state law, you can get direct access to physical therapy for a maximum of 30 days without a doctor's referral.

To find out more or schedule a consultation, call Town Center Orthopaedic Associates today or book an appointment online.