Physical and occupational therapists help patients alleviate pain, improve function, and return to their activities of daily living and/or recreational activities. Together, the therapist and the patient develop an individualized treatment plan to meet the patient’s goals.
Physical therapy may be, on its own, the recommended treatment for a variety of injuries and conditions. It’s also valuable prior to surgery (often called “prehab”) to get patients as much range of motion and strength as possible. In addition, it’s a critical part of the recovery process after a surgical procedure.
Our four Maine Physical Therapy Centers are simply unparalleled. Each location has a staff of licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and a dedicated hand therapist. We work with patients from throughout Spectrum Orthopaedics’ team — patients referred by physicians in our communities — and patients who contact us directly, without a referral — for orthopedic issues, sports rehabilitation, and other concerns.
There are many orthopedic conditions and injuries that do not require surgical intervention. Instead, patients are referred to our PT team, who will help you meet your goals. Frequently, we see patients within a day or two of their physician exam and can immediately address acute swelling, pain, and related issues. At the same time, we will initiate a home program to regain strength and motion and relieve pain.
Studies and our extensive experience show prehab and rehab make vital contributions to a good surgical outcome. You may be given an exercise regimen to get you ready for surgery. In addition, you can be certain your surgical recovery team and physical therapy partners will have you up and moving very soon after your procedure.
The integration of our physician offices and physical therapy centers means all the specialized teams are in communication with each other and are often within close proximity. This allows the physical therapy center to assist in the management of post-op pain, crutch and immobilizer use, and to schedule physical therapy appointments promptly after surgery.
On average, each of our therapists has over 10 years’ experience. Our therapists take extensive continuing education to provide the most effective care for management of your condition. Our knowledge and hands-on expertise allow us to collaborate easily with a wide network of experts including massage therapists, personal trainers, and coaches. Our commitment is to help each patient and meet your recovery needs during and after treatment.
Spectrum Orthopaedics would like to announce the inception of its Sports and Orthopaedic Residency programs available to physical therapists. These post-graduate certification programs further define our ongoing commitment to teaching, mentoring and clinical excellence.
We are proud to introduce our first Orthopaedic Resident, Lucas Davenport and his mentor, Sam LaRiviere. Lucas and Sam will be working together for the next year so that Lucas may attain his Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) credential.