Medical professionals have long known that physical therapy can speed healing, reduce pain, and help restore lost range of motion. Total Orthopaedic Care offers advanced, effective physical therapy for patients of all ages in two locations: Pembroke Pines and Lauderdale Lakes. Whether you need manual therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, deep tissue massage, traction, heat and cold therapy, hand therapy, or therapeutic exercises, our convenient, on-site physical therapy services are always here to help you get back to the life you love.
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Areas of Specialty
- Herniated discs and low back pain
- Whiplash and neck pain
- Knee injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Rotator cuff tear
- Shoulder impingement
- ACL tear and other knee ligament injuries
- Meniscus tear
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Patellofemoral pain
- Shin splints
- Hamstring muscle strain
- Achilles tendon tear
- Thoroughly evaluate your condition
- Design a customized return-to-work program that simulates job duties and increases your strength, mobility, and endurance
- Show you how to minimize your chance for re-injury on the job
- Work in close partnership with your doctor every step of the way
- Coordination and balance disorders
- Sports and orthopedic injuries
- Hip fractures
- Knee, hip, and shoulder joint replacement
- Reducing pain
- Increasing, restoring, or maintaining range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance
- Increasing overall fitness
- Preventing further decline in functional abilities
Advanced Physical Therapy Services
- Strains and sprains
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Overuse injuries
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual therapy
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
- Modalities (ice, heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.)
- Joint replacements: Knee, hip, and shoulder
- ACL and PCL reconstruction
- Rotator cuff repair
- Achilles tendon repair
- Carpal tunnel release
- Spinal fusion
- Fracture surgery
- Reduce pain
- Increase function
- Improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and posture
- Prevent injury
- Therapeutic exercises
- Manual techniques
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
- Progressive home exercise
- Training for activities of daily living and return to work
- Ergonomic assessments
- Decrease pain
- Relax muscles and ease muscle spasms
- Increase range of motion and flexibility
- Improve circulation
- Increase function
- Positions or movements that may cause dizziness
- Balance deficits that may interfere with your ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, walking, driving, or shopping
- Visual function as it relates to eye-head coordination required for reading, driving, or walking
- Special maneuvers to help you reduce or end symptoms of dizziness
- Balance training
- Techniques you can use to decrease symptoms of dizziness and imbalance while performing daily activities
- Home exercises to improve function and independence
- Eye reflex exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Manual therapy to address neck problems
Athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer have a higher risk for experiencing a concussion. Getting a prompt diagnosis and receiving immediate medical care is essential for the best outcomes. That’s why Total Orthopaedic Care offers a comprehensive concussion management program that includes strict return to play protocols.
If an athlete has had baseline testing and post-concussion testing, our doctor will compare these analyses to confirm or rule out a concussion diagnosis. Concussion testing provides information regarding the severity of injury and a standard for evaluating recovery from concussion. Our doctor will then outline the return to play protocol for the athlete and supervise each step until the athlete is cleared to return to their sport.
Soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis may cause chronic pain or limited range of motion due to scarring, fibrosis, or improper healing of tissues.
Astym is a non-invasive treatment that decreases scar tissue and stimulates the regeneration of soft tissues such as muscles and tendons. Using specially designed instruments on top of the skin in the area of pain, our physical therapist will locate the damaged soft tissue and apply mild to moderate pressure to break up the scar tissue and trigger a healing response that will create new, healthy tissue. Most patients will need a course of 8-12 treatments for optimal results.
Astym has proven effective for chronic soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, tendonosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, iliotibial band (IT) syndrome, and hamstring strain. It can also be used after trauma or surgery to facilitate healing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of all Americans over the age of 65 fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death among older adults. Dizziness and imbalance are typically the cause of these falls.
As you age, your body becomes less stable, increasing your risk of falling. At Total Orthopaedic Care, we offer a fall prevention program for older adults that focuses on balance, mobility, strength, and endurance. The goal is to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling so that you can maintain your independence.
After conducting a comprehensive assessment, our therapists will develop a personalized plan of care that includes balance, gait training, and strengthening exercises. If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, our therapists will match you with the appropriate device and provide training for safety.
Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy technique that can help break up scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions resulting from chronic muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. Our therapist uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and treat dysfunctional soft tissue and inflammation.
This technique is helpful in improving mobility and relieving pain from chronic tendonitis, ligament sprains, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, and IT band syndrome.
For athletes looking to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury, we offer the functional movement screen (FMS). During the FMS, the athlete will perform a series of 7 different movements to assess his or her ability to move efficiently without limitation. Athletes will naturally compensate for limited joint mobility and pain, which increases the risk of injury.
At Total Orthopaedic Care, our therapists use the FMS to identify left and right asymmetries, pain, and limitations in stability or mobility during movement. Based on the results, they will develop a treatment and training plan to establish correct movement patterns and mechanics and improve speed and power. If the FMS identifies any orthopedic conditions that need treatment, the therapist can refer the athlete to one of our doctors.
Your core muscles are composed of several muscle groups within your stomach and low back that work together to stabilize and protect your low back (lumbar) region. They also coordinate leg and arm movements.
Low back pain is often a result of lumbar instability. For patients experiencing low back pain, the physical therapists at Total Orthopaedic Care will develop a core stability training program featuring exercises that focus on stretching and strengthening the abdominal muscles. Core stability exercises can also be implemented as a preventive program for those who are at risk for low back pain and injury due to the demands of their job or sport.
Strong core muscles not only decrease back pain and help prevent injury, but also improve athletic performance and postural imbalances.
Physical therapists use the Kinesio Taping® technique to promote the body’s natural healing process and provide support and stability to muscles and joints. It is effective for swelling and inflammatory conditions, as well as neurological and orthopedic/sports injuries.
Kinesio® Tape works by targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system. These receptors respond to many different kinds of stimuli, such as touch, pressure, vibration, and temperature. They can also sense body position and movement.
Kinesio® Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways, and it can be used on virtually anyone of any age. Its benefits include:
- Alleviate pain and inflammation
- Facilitate lymphatic drainage
- Improve stability and biomechanics
- Prolong the benefits of manual therapy
- Optimize performance
- Prevent injury
No matter your age or physical ability, fitness training is beneficial for good overall health. Exercise is important in preventing disease and injury. It boosts your metabolism and energy level, and it can improve your mood and mentality.
If you are looking to safely start a fitness program or continue exercising after rehab, the physical therapists at Total Orthopaedic Care can help. Our therapists can assess your baseline cardiovascular, joint, and muscle performance while taking into consideration your weight and any existing medical conditions or physical limitations you may have. They will work with you to create an individualized exercise program that is specific to your needs.
Our PTs can teach you safe strength training techniques, recommend the appropriate amount and type of cardiovascular exercise, and modify your program as you progress or if your needs change (you become injured or ill). At all times they will ensure your safety. Our therapists can help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals with personal attention in a positive, supportive environment.
At Total Orthopaedic Care, physical therapy is often an integral part of treating a number of orthopedic conditions and injuries. If you have any questions about our orthopedic services, please call our office at (954) 735-3535. To schedule an appointment, you can call us or use our secure online appointment request form.