Healing from a foot injury can take a long time, to say the least. While a minor injury can heal in less than two weeks, major injuries requiring a cast or splint can take up to eight weeks. If you need surgery, recovery time can increase to eight months, limiting your ability to enjoy full use of your foot for the better part of a year.

Working with an orthopedic clinical specialist may speed up your recovery. We’ll explain more below.

What is an orthopedic clinical specialist?

An orthopedic clinical specialist is a physical therapist recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties for their expertise in the field of orthopedic treatment. To earn this designation from the ABPTS, therapists must either complete a clinical residency in orthopedics or show evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care as a licensed PT.

Other stipulations apply, which you can read about here.

3 reasons why you should see an orthopedic clinical specialist when recovering from an injury

Here are some reasons why you should jump on the opportunity to see an orthopedic specialist:

  1. To shorten recovery time — The goal of physical therapy is to stretch, strengthen and manually work your soft tissue to promote regrowth in your injured areas. Your physical therapist will walk you through exercises that increase strength and flexibility in the areas where it was lost to help get you back on your feet faster.
  1. To prevent future injuries — Without proper exercise, your affected tissue may not fully recover, leaving it more susceptible to reinjury. Your orthopedic clinical specialist will also work to correct any problems in your posture that made you vulnerable to injury in the first place.
  1. To receive customized treatment —Working with any physical therapist is beneficial for injury recovery, but working with a highly experienced one can be even more helpful. The more patients they’ve treated, the more likely it is that they’ve seen someone with a similar injury to yours and can recommend specific types of treatment to meet your needs.

Looking for an orthopedic clinical specialist in your area? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment!