Joint mobilization is a type of manual therapy performed here at our Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Estero, FL physical therapy clinics. It involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction, and technique. Our physical therapist can use his or her hands to mobilize an affected joint or may elect to use certain tools, including straps, to help deliver the desired treatment effect.
If you believe you could benefit from our joint mobilization techniques, contact Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance today for more information!
Common Conditions That Joint Mobilization & Manipulation Therapy Can Help With
Lower Back & Sciatica
Sports Medicine & Injuries
Neck Pain & Stiffness
Shoulder & Rotator Cuff
Foot, Ankle, & Plantar Fasciitis
Hip Pain & Post Surgery
What Will Joint Mobilization Techniques Look Like?
If you come to see a physical therapist at Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance with acute or chronic joint pain, then you can first expect to be thoroughly evaluated on an initial examination. We’ll be assessing and evaluating everything from your range of motion, strength, coordination, pain level, posture, and even relative tissue tension in order to devise an accurate diagnosis.
Based on our exam findings, as well as the information we glean from questioning you about your current and past medical history, we’ll be able to devise a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Since joint mobilization techniques have been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, we may very well decide to implement this type of manual therapy in your plan of care.
To prepare for a physical therapy session with joint mobilization at Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance, be sure to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. Our therapist will need to be able to see or at least easily palpate (feel) the specific joint he or she is mobilizing (keeping in mind of course, that your privacy and comfort are of utmost concern to our staff). Our physical therapist will be sure to offer you clear details on how to sit or lie during the session, what you should expect to feel, as well as what to do following your session in order to maximize effects and prevent recurring pain or dysfunction.
To complement and optimize the effects of joint mobilizations, we’ll also instruct you in additional services, which may include therapeutic exercises for strengthening and range of motion, modalities, and postural and neuromuscular retraining.
Will Joint Mobilization Help My Condition?
Sometimes, a joint can become irritated, swollen, or misaligned as a result of injury, stress, poor posture, repetitive movement, or even as a result of age-related wear and tear. When this happens, the joint may not move correctly and become stiff and painful. Nearby structures including muscles, tendons, and ligaments may become tense or injured as a compensatory effect of trying to support or stabilize the injured joint. This can lead to muscle weakness or even impingement and damage to nearby nerves.
Joint mobilization isn’t appropriate for all patients, and our skilled and experienced physical therapists can determine if it’s right for you or a loved one. Specific conditions which our physical therapy team successfully manage with joint mobilizations include:
Rotator cuff tears and sprains
Sciatica and other types of nerve impingement syndromes
Arthritis (especially of the shoulder, spine, elbow, hip, and knee)
Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow, respectively)
Facet joint locking and other types of spinal misalignments
Joint issues are often the hidden underlying factors driving other types of injuries and ailments including muscle strains, ligament damage, and bursitis, so this is why we strongly encourage you to consult with a Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Estero, FL physical therapist with any type of acute or chronic dysfunction. Your joints could be contributing to your pain without you even realizing it!
Get in Contact With Us Today About Joint Mobilization Treatments
You have hundreds of joints in your body, which come in a variety of types and sizes (such as a “hinge joint” in your elbow, a “ball and socket joint” in your hip, or a “saddle joint” in your thumb). Joints, formed by the articulating surfaces of two or more bones, depend on a combination of both stability and mobility in order to help you function efficiently and comfortably. Importantly, joints are supported by a wide variety of physiological structures including capsules, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle fibers, all of which can become injured and potentially benefit from physical therapy services, including joint mobilization.
The specific type, magnitude, speed, and frequency of joint mobilization performed depends on several factors, including the goal of treatment, the type of joint being targeted, and even your own unique anatomy. The benefits of joint mobilizations include pain reduction, improved range of motion, and improved quality of joint movement itself (known as arthrokinematics).
Are you wondering if joint mobilization is right for you? Request an appointment at Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance today to learn about our wide range of physical therapy services we offer. Drug-free relief from your joint or muscle pain is possible. Get your healing journey started today.
Dr Sharon was diligent in dealing with my back and neck issues. She increased my mobility tremendously and the home exercises she gave me did wonders for my golf game and general health. I want to continue a program to increase my mobility even more and enjoy the benefits of painless activities. Her program has done wonders
Dr Scott Gray and staff are amazing, I could not put my arm behind my back.( frozen shoulder) with a few sessions of therapy also teaching me how to take care of it at home , I am good as new .Love this place:) Everyone is courteous, professional and very knowledgeable.
In September 2022 I had a complex shoulder surgery and began a regimen of physical therapy with Dr. Sharon Sims of Back in Motion here in Verandah. I can only say that today I’m in better physical shape then I’ve been in years. By following her treatment plan I’m able to play “pain free golf” a couple of time a week and participate in fitness activities -- pickleball is next on my list. It wasn’t easy, requiring a lot of work, but it paid off. Thanks Dr. Sharon.I have been seeing Dr. Sharon for a few weeks. After the 2nd visit the severe lower back pain was alleviated. So much so that I have been able to resume golf with much better swing ( although that's not saying much LoL).If you need physical therapy this is the place and she is the right doctor.Be prepared to work hard. If you follow directions you'll be satisfied.
Dr. Sharon is a miracle worker! I ended up with nerve damage after a partial knee replacement and was very slow to recover. Dr. Sharon kept me motivated even though I was not seeing immediate improvement. I kept at it and she has helped me build back my quad strength and range of motion. She noticed I also had some back issues and the orthopedic inserts she recommended for me are really alleviating my back pain and helping me with my gait. I also tried dry needling and that also helped relieve pain and helped with my range of motion. My surgeon said it could take up to a year for my nerves to regenerate and I plan on continuing to see Dr. Sharon until I reach my goal of walking without a limp and being able to resume an active lifestyle. Dr. Sharon was able to adapt exercises so that I could feel that I was improving and her vast experience in the field was obvious. I strongly recommend Dr. Sharon for both flexibility and pain treatment as well as post operative care. She is the best!
Sharon is an excellent physical therapist, highly competent, professional and personable! She has been helping me with both my shoulder and my back. I am now comfortably walking, doing the elliptical and biking, and will be golfing and playing pickleball soon. Thanks so much!
I attended an arthritis discovery seminar by Dr. Sharon Sims and found it very informative. I booked my first appointment for an evaluation and the office staff made the process extremely easy and more importantly, efficient! Dr. Sharon's diagnosis was thorough and a treatment plan immediately put into place and future appointments booked. I feel much better after just 4 appointments. Thank you, Dr. Sharon and Back in Motion! Highly recommend!
I suffered a stroke in early October 2021. The stroke mostly resulted in numbness and loss of sensory perception on my left side. However, Dr. Sharon pointed out that it also involved some loss of some motor skills along with a weakened sense of balance.Dr. Sharon has been working with me not only in strengthening my left side but also increasing my sense of balance which has definitely improved over the last several weeks. My golf game has also improved as a result of the therapy.Dr. Sharon’s diagnostic and evaluation skills are exceptional along with her ability to arrive at a treatment plan that has reduced some of the damage from my stroke. I highly recommend Dr. Sharon and am thankful for the physical therapy which she has provided.Thanks,Gary C. Reich D.D.S. ( retired)
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