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Orthopedic Rehab in Orleans, ON

Orthopedic Rehab in Orleans, ON

Many healthcare providers recommend orthopedic rehab as a foundational part of recovery programs after surgery, to manage an illness, or to recuperate from an acute medical event. 

At Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, our Orthopedic Rehab program treats adults, teens and children with orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Our rehabilitation physiotherapists develop individualized custom treatment plans designed to target the symptoms of each patient. Plus, patient lifestyle and goals to participate in specific activities guide the physiotherapist in the treatment process.

Physiotherapists work with patients to recover from trauma or conditions that affect their back, feet, elbows, hands, hips, shoulders, and other areas. For patients having surgery, physiotherapists at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, maximize recovery by developing treatment plans for both before and after the operation. For many, ortho rehabilitation helps delay or even completely eliminate the need for surgery.

What is Orthopedic Rehabilitation?

Orthopedic rehabilitation is a therapeutic treatment system that aims to correct limitations in the musculoskeletal system and relieve pain from surgery, trauma, or illness. Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, so orthopedic physiotherapy addresses any and all of those parts of your body. 

Many orthopedic injuries and conditions require rehab, but here are a few as an example:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – to reduce pain and movement limitations
  • Arthritis – for pain relief and greater mobility
  • Osteoporosis – for increased flexibility and reduced risk of falls and other injury
  • ACL and meniscus tears – to speed healing for full function
  • Broken bones – to support healing and reduce pain 
  • Hip, knee, or shoulder replacement – to reduce the risk of injury during the recovery period, reduce pain so fewer prescription medications are required
  • Sciatica – to reduce pain and speed healing 

Rehabilitation helps limb function and may incorporate assistive devices or help you learn how to manage remaining limitations. 

What to Expect at Orthopedic Physiotherapy at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON

Orthopedic physiotherapy is always a customized program tailored to your condition, abilities, and goals. After a thorough assessment, your physiotherapist at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, creates a personalized treatment program, adjusting each element according to your progress along the way. This process is different for everyone, but orthopedic physiotherapy principles follow a progression that helps maximize your recovery.

Orthopedic physiotherapy at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, gradually strengthens your body and increases your function while reducing your pain. 

Types of Physiotherapy to Expect During Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Physiotherapists help restore your mobility, strength, flexibility, and function. Hands-on manual therapies are core to physiotherapy recovery plans. In addition, you will perform therapeutic exercises, stretches, and other techniques as you gradually progress and optimize your physical abilities.

For example, imagine someone has decreased lung capacity from disease. An exercise program would improve lung function, but the patient has limited ribcage expansion. In this situation, an orthopedic physiotherapist helps mobilize ribcage joints, releases and helps retrain the diaphragm and spine muscles to increase flexibility. Now, with the increased space in the ribcage, the cardiovascular system can more easily optimize function and recover.

Another example is someone working to lose weight. When secondary limitations affect the ability to move to burn more calories, weight reduction stalls. This is common with issues involving knee or hip pain as load-bearing joints. When putting weight on knees or hips hurts, it is increasingly difficult to stay active, creating and continuing a sedentary lifestyle cycle and even more weight gain. Ortho physiotherapy helps reduce pain, inflammation, and joint restrictions, so moving becomes easier and exercise is possible. 

Benefits of Ortho Physiotherapy

The purpose of orthopedic rehab at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, is to help you regain any function you have lost or maintain function you are at risk of losing. Ortho physiotherapy is explicitly designed to help your body return to your routine. 

The primary aim of your time with your physiotherapist is to re-establish your ability to participate in your favourite activities. In addition, orthopedic rehab offers:

  • Better circulation to reduce the risks of blood clots
  • Pain reduction to minimize the need for pain medications
  • Reducing the risk of falls and further injuries
  • Improving cognition and memory 

Treatments are customized to target your condition, so you can feel more like yourself and get back to living your life!

General Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy

At the heart of the personalized therapy services provided at Orleans Physiotherapy is the patient education component. Taking the time to provide education allows each patient to understand the nature of their physical conditions and gives them resources to play an active role in their own recovery.

We have fitness equipment and work closely with all patients to help them maximize their results through conditioning, strengthening and rehabilitation exercises. Most clients are given a home exercise program.

Our therapists are highly trained in general orthopedics and sports injury and are able to provide expert advice and effective, evidence-based treatment for conditions that impact your body’s ability to function effectively and pain free.


  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disorder
  • Degenerative Joint Disorder
  • Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Fracture Rehabilitation
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Joint Immobility
  • Joint Replacement Therapy
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Running Injuries
  • Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Tendonitis/Tendinosis
  • Treatment of upper and lower extremities
  • Training injuries
  • Vestibular and Balance Disorders

The Best Time to Start Ortho Physiotherapy at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON

The best time to start is now!

Our orthopedic physiotherapists at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, work to design programs customized to each patient. Most patients focus on regaining the ability to perform everyday activities, like walking, going up and down stairs, and lifting. Plus, patients want to prevent future injury and improve their overall quality of life. 

You may receive a referral from your family physician or surgeon before you start physiotherapy. Most patients we see are in the following situations:

  • Preparing for orthopedic surgery before a total ankle, knee, shoulder, or hip replacement.
  • Preparation for or avoidance of surgery on tendons or ligaments, also in the ankles, knees, shoulders, or hips. 
  • After surgery to recover more quickly and completely.

It all begins with a comprehensive assessment by a qualified ortho rehab physiotherapist at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON. You will receive a treatment plan customized for your condition and goals to get you back to living your best life!

Contact Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, today!

Orthopedic Rehabilitation FAQs 

What is Orthopedic Rehabilitation?

Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Physiotherapy, or Musculoskeletal Rehab treats injuries and illnesses of the musculoskeletal system, such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and other connective tissues.

What does an orthopedic physiotherapist do?

Orthopedic physiotherapists assess and treat injuries and illnesses involving bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, or the musculoskeletal system. Physiotherapists develop a customized program for each patient that supports healing, reduces pain, and increases mobility. Physiotherapists use hands-on manual techniques, plus a wide variety of supportive state-of-the-art modalities such as TENS, ultrasound, cold laser, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling, and more. The aim is to regain function and independence.

What are the Benefits of Ortho Physiotherapy?

Ortho physiotherapy aids in recovering from injuries, managing many chronic diseases, and enhancing mobility and physical health. After an injury, ortho physiotherapy speeds healing, reduces pain, and aims to help patients regain their strength, range of motion, and flexibility. Ortho physiotherapy is a standard recommendation after surgeries, such as hip or knee replacements, ligament or tendon surgeries, and other orthopedic surgeries. 

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