ORTHOPEDIC MANUAL THERAPY (OMT)

Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) is a specialized area of physical therapy practice utilized in the management of musculoskeletal conditions and based on clinical reasoning and the use of highly specific manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.

The orthopedic manual physical therapist can be described in ten clinical roles as described by the IFOPMT, with key areas of competencies linked to the roles:

1) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as an advanced clinical decision-maker

2) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a diagnostician

3) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a communicator

4) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a educator/mentor

5) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a collaborator

6) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a manager

7) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a health advocate

8) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a scholar

9) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as an autonomous professional

10) The orthopedic manual physical therapist as a healthcare leader