Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

An Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (OMPT) practitioner is an individual with not only advanced clinical skills, but also high professional standards. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is a highly specialized “hands-on” treatment provided by the physical therapist. Treatment may include joint mobilization, which involves moving joints at different speeds in specific directions with the goal of improving mobility and decreasing pain. Manual techniques may also include muscle stretching, passive movements of the limb, and muscle energy techniques.There are various conditions treated by OMPT’s including acute and chronic conditions in the body, head, neck, back, arms and legs such as:

  • Trauma
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Poor posture
  • Overuse
  • Athletic injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Congenital conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine and joint problems
  • Balance disorders
  • Herniated/Bulging Disc

Research shows that early intervention combined with skillful manual therapy, exercise, and patient education provides the best outcome. OMPT’s have to go through rigorous education and examination to demonstrate proficiency in their manual skills. OMPT practitioners work in close communication with other health care providers such as your primary doctor, orthopedic doctor, neurologist, and others. By selecting an OMPT-trained practitioner, a patient will receive optimal care that is effective and fiscally responsible. This is very important, especially with the current health care situation when most people have high deductibles, limited visits, and limited resources. Seeking conservative treatment from an OMPT may preclude the need for surgery, or enhance the outcome if surgery is performed.

Following specific hands-on interventions, an OMPT therapist can prescribe and implement the most effective individualized exercise and movement re-education program to maintain and improve health.

Please call us at 215-947-3443 to speak with one of our Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy specialists, and find out if OMPT is right for you.