Post fracture rehabilitation
Fractures can be defined as an interruption in bone continuity. Often they require post fracture rehabilitation which our Oakville physiotherapy centre provides.
What causes a fracture?
Most fractures occur as a result of a trauma. This may include a fall from a large height, a direct blow to the body, a weight falling onto the body or from a motor vehicle accident (to name a few). However, some types of fractures can occur from ongoing stress and impact to the human body, known as stress fractures. Twisting forces may also result in a fracture. These are usually seen in the hip joint, tibia and fibula (for example: injury during a quick pivot during soccer while your opponent is stepping on your foot). Our Oakville physiotherapy centre provides post fracture rehabilitation that works.
How do you know if you have a fracture?
You should always refer to your family doctor to order an x-ray to confirm the suspicion of a fracture when some or all of the following clinical features are seen. The following list is not exhaustive:
- Loss of Function
- Muscle Atrophy (weakened and/or noticeably smaller muscle)
- Muscle Spasm
- Limited Joint Movement
If you are experiencing any of the above, you may require post fracture rehabilitation. The skilled practitioners at our Oakville physiotherapy centre can provide this.
The role of Physiotherapy
By using specific exercises, you can reduce swelling, limit pain, increase strength, regain lost range of motion, build up muscle tone, break down formed scar tissue, gain joint mobility and much more. Everyone’s treatment will differ based on the type and location of fracture along with different comorbidities of each patient. Your physiotherapist may utilize soft tissue massage to reduce swelling (edema), scar management, ice therapy, stretching exercises to regain motion, manual therapy mobilizations to assist joint mobility, a strengthening program to regain function, balance and proprioception exercises, taping for support/edema management and return to sport recommendations.
If you have had a recent or old fracture that requires post fracture rehabilitation, call our Oakville physiotherapy centre to book an appointment today!