Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatments: Exploring Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

In the realm of orthopedic care, not every condition necessitates surgical intervention. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, under the guidance of Dr. John Dearborn, we emphasize the significance of non-surgical treatments, particularly physical therapy and rehabilitation. These modalities play a pivotal role in recovering and managing various orthopedic conditions. Our facilities in Fremont and Menlo Park, California, are equipped to provide comprehensive non-surgical care.

The Role of Physical Therapy in Orthopedics

Physical therapy (PT) is a cornerstone of non-surgical orthopedic treatment. It involves using therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and various modalities to restore function, improve mobility, and alleviate pain.

Key Components of Physical Therapy:

  • Exercise: Customized exercises strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance joint stability.
  • Pain Management: Techniques like heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation help manage pain.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to mobilize joints and soft tissues, improving range of motion.
  • Education: Patients learn about their condition, how to prevent future injuries, and how to maintain their musculoskeletal health.

Benefits of Physical Therapy:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation.
  • Accelerates recovery from injuries.
  • Prevents the need for surgery in some cases.
  • Improves mobility and quality of life.

Rehabilitation: The Journey to Recovery

Rehabilitation in orthopedics is a comprehensive process aimed at restoring the patient’s functional abilities post-injury or in managing chronic conditions.

Components of Rehabilitation:

  • Therapeutic Exercises: Targeted exercises to regain strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Functional Training: Activities that help patients return to their daily routines and work tasks.
  • Pain Management Strategies: Including medication management and alternative therapies.
  • Patient Education: Focused on lifestyle modifications and ergonomic principles to prevent re-injury.

Conditions Benefitting from Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Sports injuries like sprains and strains.
  • Chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
  • Post-operative rehabilitation.
  • Back pain and spinal disorders.

Integrating Non-Surgical Treatments with Holistic Care

At Dearborn & Associates, we believe in a holistic approach to orthopedic care. This involves integrating non-surgical treatments with lifestyle modifications, nutrition counseling, and mental health support. Our goal is to treat the whole person, not just the condition.

The Dearborn & Associates Edge

Led by Dr. John Dearborn, our team in Fremont (510-818-7200) and Menlo Park (650-325-1395) is committed to providing top-tier non-surgical orthopedic treatments. We utilize state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in therapeutic techniques to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

Empowering Patients Through Education and Engagement

We strongly believe in educating our patients about their treatment options. By understanding the benefits and processes of physical therapy and rehabilitation, patients can actively participate in their recovery journey.

Embracing a Non-Surgical Path to Wellness

Non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and rehabilitation are vital components of orthopedic care. They offer a pathway to recovery and pain management without the risks associated with surgery. At Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration, we’re dedicated to providing these services with the highest standard of care, helping our patients in Fremont and Menlo Park achieve optimal health and mobility.


  1. American Physical Therapy Association
  2. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  3. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


Dr. John Dearborn - Dearborn & Associates

Dr. John Dearborn is a top-performing orthopedic surgeon in the Bay Area and Northern California. Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration’s narrow focus and high volume, yields a wealth of clinical experience in the field. Dr. Dearborn and his team have performed over 16,000 successful joint replacement procedures in the last 20+ years.