PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR FRACTURES

Physical therapy is essential when recovering from a fracture.  In most cases, you still start physical therapy once your cast has been removed.  The reason for this is because you need to start mobilizing the area around the fracture, and breaking up scar tissue so that you are not left with permanent mobility impairments.  At your initial evaluation your therapist will take measurements of the body parts around the fracture site.  These measurements include:

  • Range of motion

  • Strength

  • Pain

  • Flexibility

  • Girth or swelling

  • Gait (walking) – this is for lower extremity fractures

  • Overall unction and mobility

Your physical therapist will develop a treatment plan that will best benefit you and your injury.  This program will include:

  • Therapeutic exercise: this will increase the strength of the muscles that have become weak overtime from being in a cast.

    • In the later stages of rehabilitation, your physical therapist will create a more specific exercise plan that focuses on movements that you perform in your everyday life.  For example, if you play baseball, you will get exercises that focus on the motions of swinging a bat and throwing a ball.

  • Manual Therapy: this will be performed by the physical therapist using a hands-on technique.  Your PT will perform massage techniques to break up scar tissue or adhesions that may be limiting movement and decrease pain.  They will also perform a technique that will aide in fluid drainage to reduce swelling. 

  • Stretching:  the PT will use manual therapy to stretch the tight musculature around your injury which will improve your range of motion.  They will also teach you ways to safely stretch your muscles at home in order to continue the healing process at home.

 

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