Physiotherapy (or physical therapy) is a field of rehabilitation that focuses on optimal movement. The scope of practice of physiotherapy is quite broad, and covers many age groups, conditions, and practice locations. A Physiotherapist can be involved many fields of practice, including: pediatrics, geriatrics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics. They may treat out of various locations, including: hospitals, private clinics, home care, sports teams.
Orthopedic physiotherapy is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, muscle, joints, tendons, etc.), while facilitating a return to function. Treatment can involve patient education, therapeutic exercise, hands on therapy, electrical/thermal modalities, sports taping, and acupuncture.
Some common injuries/conditions treated by orthopedic physiotherapy are: