Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy services offered in San Diego and Chula Vista, CA

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is rehabilitation to support your recovery from surgery, musculoskeletal injuries or degenerative conditions like arthritis. At Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group, Inc., on-site physical therapy is available to improve your joint’s range of motion, ease chronic pain, and lower your risk of disability. Neil Tayyab, MD, coordinates your care with skilled physical therapists to ensure the best outcome for your recovery. Physical therapy can also ward off the need for more invasive treatments like surgery. Call the Chula Vista or San Diego, California, office today to schedule a physical therapy consultation or book an appointment online.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy improves your range of motion, supports post-surgical recovery, and lowers your risk of injuries. In some cases, physical therapy can also manage chronic pain stemming from trauma or disease.

Physical therapy incorporates several therapeutic strategies to improve your overall musculoskeletal health. These strategies can include:

  • Exercises
  • Stretches
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Electrical stimulation

Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group, Inc. provides physical therapy on-site to support your recovery from injury, disease, or surgery. The skilled physical therapists work closely with you to identify your needs and improve the overall function of your muscles and joints.

What happens during physical therapy?

At your initial physical therapy session, your therapist completes an assessment of your body to check your:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Range of motion

The assessment helps them tailor a physical therapy plan to your needs and capabilities. They guide you through exercises targeting specific muscles and joints to improve their strength and flexibility. Your therapist could also recommend workouts on an exercise bike or treadmill.

You might benefit from heat or ice therapy to reduce inflammation and pain. The therapists can use electrical stimulation to relax tight muscles and reduce joint discomfort. They may also recommend massages to improve your flexibility and increase blood circulation. 

How long do I need to participate in physical therapy?

How many physical therapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your condition and your progress through each session.

The Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group, Inc. physical therapists discuss what you can expect at your initial consultation. They adjust each of your therapy sessions to maximize your results and support your complete recovery. The number of sessions you need depends on the extent of your injury.

In addition to in-office sessions, your therapist will recommend exercises you can do at home to keep your body strong. As you return to your usual activities or your favorite sport, they’ll suggest ways to lower your risk of further injuries.

Call the Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group, Inc. office nearest you today to schedule a physical therapy consultation or book an appointment online.