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Orthopedic Injuries

Momentum Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, and Kelly Masuda, PT, DPT, are highly skilled in easing pain and restoring quality of life in those with orthopedic injuries. At Momentum Physical Therapy, located in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the therapy team offers a variety of resources, including Pilates-based programs and aquatic therapy to rebuild your muscle strength, improve your flexibility, and support your overall health. Find out how physical therapy can help you recover from orthopedic injuries by calling Momentum Physical Therapy or by requesting an appointment online today.

Orthopedic Injuries Q & A

What are the most common orthopedic injuries?

Various orthopedic injuries and conditions can interfere with your quality of life and overall mobility. Some of the most common orthopedic conditions the team at Momentum Physical Therapy treats include:

  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains/dislocations
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cartilage damage
  • Joint inflammation

The therapy team also assists many with recovery from surgery, providing post-surgery care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, joint damage, and sports injuries.

The goal of physical therapy for orthopedic injuries is to ease pain and related symptoms while restoring your normal function and the range of motion in your joints. The Momentum Physical Therapy team tailors your treatment to reduce your recovery time and get you back to your usual routine with a better quality of life.

What can I expect during physical therapy for orthopedic injuries?

During your initial consultation, your Momentum Physical Therapy provider carefully reviews your medical history, your diagnosis, and the severity of your pain or disability. Based on your needs, they create a treatment plan that focuses on pain relief and restoring your normal function.

Many treatment plans involve manual physical therapy, which may include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, or myofascial release. These techniques help improve blood circulation to promote tissue healing and reduce joint pain responses. 

If your orthopedic injury is severe, and you’re not able to engage in regular exercises, you may benefit from aquatic therapy. This involves participating in a workout routine in a heated pool. Working out in the water takes the pressure off your joints and makes it easier to move without pain.

Initially, treatment focuses on stimulating your body’s natural healing ability to repair tissue. As your treatment progresses, your Momentum Physical Therapy provider makes necessary changes to your therapy to restore your balance and your normal function.

If your orthopedic injury is the result of a sports injury, the therapy team can design a treatment plan that focuses on restoring your athletic function so you can return to your favorite sport.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on core strength, proper posture alignment, and muscle balance.  Pilates exercise, which can be performed on a floor mat at home or with various pieces of equipment at a facility, builds muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Tanya is the first physical therapist in the United States to receive certification in the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) method of Pilates.

Tanya customizes your Pilates program to address your orthopedic injury. She works closely with you during mat exercises and workouts on the Balanced Body® Pilates equipment as you go through a full-body workout.

As your training progresses, you can enjoy many general health benefits, including improved blood circulation, enhanced flexibility, and a boost in your muscle strength and tone.

Find out more about treatments for orthopedic injuries available at Momentum Physical Therapy by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online today.