Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Physiotherapy, as defined by the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physiotherapists (IFOMPT) and the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) constitutes an area of specialization within Physiotherapy aimed at the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculo-skeletal dysfunctions.

What is it based on?

It is based on clinical reasoning, available scientific and clinical evidence, and biopsychosocial approach to each individual patient. It uses highly specific assessment and treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) integrates all the information and experience of Manual Therapy applied since ancient times, Classical Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Medicine, Osteopathy and Chiropractic, grouped under a common denominator, clinical evidence and scientific, for the development of the specialty. The OMT application is based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient's neuromusculoskeletal system and its functional capabilities.


This evaluation is aimed at defining the dysfunction that the patient presents in the articular, muscular, nervous systems, as well as in other relevant systems, and to explain the way in which they are related to any disability or functional limitation as described by the International Classification of Functioning. WHO Disability and Health (ICF). Similarly, the evaluation of the physiotherapist specialized in orthopedic manual therapy (OMPT) tries to differentiate those clinical situations in which OMT intervention is indicated or contraindicated or require special precautions, as well as those where anatomical abnormalities or pathological processes limit or condition the use of OMPT procedures.

Outcome Measurements

Finally, throughout the evaluation process in OMPT, it is distinguished whether the current clinical situation of the patient is a tribute to receiving a treatment aimed at reducing symptoms or if, on the contrary, the treatment can be aimed at improving the function of the patient. patient.

Treatments To Follow

OMPT Physical Therapists are committed to adhering to patient-centered clinical care, evidence-based procedures, and outcome measures. They are responsible for making a physical clinical diagnosis, deciding the suitability of a patient for treatment, recognizing risk factors and contraindications, as well as identifying precautions. They will also formulate a comprehensive treatment plan, carrying out the latter in full or as part of a multidisciplinary team. 


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