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Joint Mobilization

Manual Physical Therapy

Joint mobilization is a hands-on manual therapy technique utilized at RPI. Schedule an evaluation to see if it will aid in your recovery.
corner-blue (1) Back and Spine Pain
corner-blue (1) Back and Spine Pain

Joint mobilization is a hands-on manual therapy technique used by skilled physical and occupational therapists. Physical therapists and occupational therapists utilize joint mobilization to help increase range of motion, decrease pain, and increase function. This technique of manual therapy is performed by stabilizing one joint segment, then mobilizing to the adjacent segment. Treatment is warranted if there is tightness or stiffness in a joint capsule, which is limiting movement or causing pain.

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Three types of joint mobilization can be performed including oscillatory joint mobilizations, sustained traction, and manipulation. Oscillatory joint mobilizations are rhythmic movements used to decrease pain and improve mobility in the joint. Traction is a sustained pull and used for arthritis to decompress the joint, reduce compression of a disc in the spine, or for overall pain reduction. Manipulation is a short sharp movement performed beyond normal range of movement which is used to reduce stiffness in a
joint and improve range of motion.

Depending on the findings found during your initial evaluation, a skilled physical or occupational therapist will utilize joint mobilizations as part of your treatment. To find out more information on manual therapy and joint mobilization at RPI Therapy Services, call us at one of our locations.