Physical Therapy

General Orthopedic Surgeons located in Benbrook, Ft Worth, TX
Physical Therapy services offered in Benbrook, Ft Worth, TX

Physical therapy can help you return to your favorite activities after an illness, injury, or surgery. At Southwest Orthopedic Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, general orthopedic surgeon Joseph Daniels, DO, provides personalized, one-on-one rehabilitative training to patients 12 and older. The state-of-the-art facilities and experienced, licensed staff can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve your mobility. Call Southwest Orthopedic Associates today to schedule a physical therapy appointment, or book online.

Physical Therapy Q & A

Should I consider physical therapy for aches and pains?

Most minor aches and pains improve with conservative, at-home treatments, like ice, rest, and elevation. If your symptoms continue for more than a week or keep you from routine activities, it’s essential to seek treatment.

Southwest Orthopedic Associates uses physical therapy to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple sclerosis

Physical therapy can speed up your recovery after orthopedic surgery, like total joint replacement.


What can I expect from physical therapy? Is it just stretching and exercise?

Southwest Orthopedic Associates develops a personalized physical therapy treatment plan based on your symptoms, health history, and goals. Often, they use a combination of hands-on modalities and simple exercises, including:

  • Massage
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Strength training
  • Stretching
  • Regenerative medicine

At each visit, your physical therapist works with you one-on-one. The treatments improve your circulation, reduce inflammation, and help you return to your normal routine.


Are physical therapy and occupational therapy the same?

Physical therapy and occupational therapy are both used to help you recover and improve your range of motion, but they have different end goals. 


Physical therapy

Physical therapy focuses on a specific area of your body, like a broken bone or a dislocated joint. For example, if you undergo total joint replacement, physical therapy can reduce stiffness and help you adapt to the artificial joint. 


Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on activities of daily living (ADL). It’s used to enhance your independence after an injury or serious medical event.


How long will I need to participate in physical therapy?

The length of time you participate in physical therapy depends on the location and severity of the condition treated. Soft tissue injuries, like strains and sprains, usually improve within six to eight weeks, but fractures may take longer. 

Attend each of your scheduled checkups and follow your physical therapist’s instructions as prescribed.


What should I wear to physical therapy?

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to your physical therapy appointments. It’s important you’re able to do the recommended activities without feeling restricted. In addition, wear closed-toed athletic shoes that have plenty of room for your toes.  

Call Southwest Orthopedic Associates today to request physical therapy, or make your appointment online.