A greater interest in our own health and well being usually means increased participation in fitness programs and leisure sports.  This in turn correlates to an increase in related orthopedic injuries.  These injuries can be caused by overuse, repetitive movements with prolonged weakness or poor body mechanics.  Diagnoses can include tendonitis, ligament sprains, or even stress fractures.  Many of these injuries can be treated through physical therapy procedures and healed without surgical intervention.  However, surgery is sometimes necessary for more serious injuries.  Surgical procedures may include arthroscopy, or for more serious incidences fracture fixation.  Progressive arthritic patients may require joint replacement procedures.  Physical therapy is a post-operative necessity to regain strength, range of motion, and to be able to return to normal activities.  (back)