Orthopedic Rehab Specialists: Skilled Care From Licensed and Compassionate Therapists

Rehabilitation is a treatment method designed to facilitate recovery after a serious injury, illness or surgery. It works to restore the physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social function of the patient. The ultimate goal of a rehabilitation program is to help patients achieve a quick recovery.

At South Bend Orthopaedics, our orthopedic rehab specialists offer comprehensive rehabilitation services. We provide you with skilled care from licensed Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists/Certified Hand Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapy Assistants. Our programs are designed to compliment the service that our orthopedic physicians provide and we work as a team to provide the best treatment plan for you.

Our Rehabilitation Therapy Services

The SBO rehabilitation team works with the patient on various physical activities and flexibility exercises that help to regain the strength and motion of the muscles in the injured site. Our range of rehab services includes:

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in sports rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and injury prevention, making it an integral component of orthopedic healthcare to enhance our patients' quality of life. Our orthopedic physical therapists employ techniques such as manual therapy, exercise programs, and pain management modalities to enhance mobility, reduce discomfort, and optimize overall physical function.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational and hand therapy aims to restore a person’s independence in tasks like self-care, work-related activities, and hobbies—ultimately improving their overall quality of life and functional abilities in a targeted and patient-centered manner. SBO therapists assess and treat various hand and upper limb conditions, providing interventions such as exercises, splinting, and manual techniques to enhance strength, dexterity, and range of motion.

Spinal Therapy

The primary objective of Spinal therapy is to diagnose, treat, and manage conditions such as back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and other spinal disorders.These therapies are designed to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance the overall function of the spine. Common components of spinal therapy include physical therapy exercises, manual techniques, and chiropractic adjustments to promote spinal alignment and reduce discomfort.

Workers’ Comp Rehabilitation Therapy

Our industrial therapy program is tailored to your job requirements and may include exercises and activities that mimic their work responsibilities. Among other components, this approach utilizes work conditioning programs designed to simulate job-related tasks and gradually increase your physical capabilities.

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Injuries affecting the balance system can lead to symptoms like vertigo, dizziness, visual disruptions, and balance issues, causing significant discomfort and physical challenges for patients. Our Physical Therapist, who holds a Vestibular Certification, employs diverse exercise-based therapy focused on repetitive movements to actively train the body to rely on other senses, aiding in the management and alleviation of these symptoms.

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Return to Sport

Sports medicine is an integral component to Return to Sport to help you return to your higher-level sports specific goals. This process through directed movement, flexibility/range of motion, strength and endurance, power, general, and sport conditioning, and load performance testing, and self-reported outcome scores. This may also assist this process through encouraging confidence, commitment, concentration, and motor control.

Wound Care

Wound care focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of various types of wounds, including cuts, burns, ulcers, and surgical incisions. It involves a comprehensive approach to wound healing, which includes cleaning and disinfecting the wound, removing damaged tissue (debridement), applying dressings or bandages, and monitoring the healing progress. Wound care also considers factors like infection prevention, nutrition, and pain management to optimize the healing process. Our team works to promote tissue repair, minimize scarring, and prevent complications.

Post-operative rehabilitation programs are recommended to strengthen the muscles at the injured site, relieve pain, ensure mobility, and restore to normal functional capability. The common rehabilitation procedures include

  • Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to reduce pain
  • Usage of crutches, braces, or heat retainer to prevent movement of injured site
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports massages
  • Eating protein including green, leafy vegetables
  • Sleeping at least 7-8 hours/night

In addition to the above-mentioned treatments your physiotherapist may instruct special exercises following surgery depending upon the type of injury and type of surgery.

Rehabilitation Techniques

Our rehabilitation program often includes stretching and bending exercises, massage, stability exercises, physiotherapy, heat therapy and much more. These various techniques help improve physical performance and restore you to normal activities.

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