Medical Reviewer: Ryan Vickers, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Last Updated: April 9, 2024
To become a patient of our orthopedic rehabilitation program, visit our contact page and select “Become a Patient” here. To learn more about the different levels of care available for orthopedic rehabilitation, visit our page here.

What is Orthopedic Rehabilitation?

Orthopedic Rehabilitation is the treatment of patients with muscle, joint, or bone pain and limitations using conservative measures such as manual therapy, modalities, and therapeutic exercise. Orthopedic Rehabilitation can happen following an injury or sports trauma to help you recover your strength and endurance to return to your previous level of performance. It can also happen around an orthopedic surgery; before the surgery to help prepare you for the recovery process, and after the surgery to improve your flexibility, strength, and functional abilities. Even after a major accident or trauma, Orthopedic Rehabilitation is an important step in facilitating your return to a pain free, independent lifestyle.

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Types of Orthopedic Injuries and Conditions

  • Neck Pain and Stiffness
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • TMJ/Jaw Pain
  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Spine Surgery or Fusions
  • Herniated Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries


Additionally, any other conditions that may limit your ability to perform day to day activities may require orthopedic rehabilitation.

Brooks Approach to Orthopedic Rehabilitation

At Brooks Rehabilitation, your therapist will complete a thorough history and evaluation of your symptoms and complaints to create a comprehensive plan of care to help improve your symptoms and increase your functional ability. Your treatment plan will be an individualized, custom application of symptom reducing modalities, hands on manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises designed to improve your strength, endurance, and overall function, with a focus on addressing your specific goals.

Continuum of Care

Orthopedic Rehabilitation can begin as early as during your hospital stay. Simple exercises to improve your range of motion and flexibility, and practicing functional activities like walking and sit-to-stands will help you return home safely.

During home health care, you may work on some strength and endurance exercises designed to improve your independence within your home, like getting dressed and bathing yourself.

Outpatient physical therapy goes one step further, and will introduce progressively more challenging exercises and stretches to help you get stronger, faster, more agile, and confident that you can do the things you want to do.

If you are planning on returning to a sport or athletic event, our team of Orthopedic Specialists can help physically prepare you to get back into the game with sport specific return-to-play programs.

Once you’ve completed your formal rehabilitation program, you can continue with your exercise program in our clinics with our Independent Program, which allows former patients continue to use our rehabilitation gyms for exercise independent from your healthcare provider.

Types of Therapy Used in Orthopedic Rehabilitation


Our orthopedic programs are designed to meet each patient’s recovery needs and individual goals. Our team designs comprehensive individual treatment plans focused on helping patients progress from one care setting to the next using the latest state-of-the-art equipment and therapy methods. Our clinicians sole purpose is to help our patients reach the highest level of recovery and participation in life.

Learn more about orthopedic treatment technology.

Expert Orthopedic Team

All Brooks patients are cared for by our team of experts in orthopedic rehabilitation. Our clinicians are among the top in their field, striving to constantly improve their skills and offer the best possible options to you and your loved ones.

Our orthopedic rehabilitation specialists conduct ongoing clinical research and take part in having access to the advanced clinical training programs and fellowships through the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning. By constantly developing and enhancing their field, Brooks clinicians are able to offer advanced, scientifically proven orthopedic therapies in a compassionate, comfortable setting.

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Medical Reviewer

Ryan Vickers, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Center Manager and Physical Therapist at the Fleming Island Clinic, Outpatient Orthopaedic Program Coordinator
Dr. Ryan Vickers received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine before completing his Orthopaedic Residency and his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at Brooks Rehabilitation/UNF. He treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions including shoulder, hip, and knee pain, as well as spine dysfunctions including concussions, neck and low back pain.
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