Royal Street Physiotherapy
129 Royal Street
East Perth WA 6004
Tel: (08) 9221 9655
Fractures are common among athletes, children and even the elderly, however anyone can become a suffer from a fracture. Many people think a fracture is not a serious condition, however a fracture is a broken bone and as such it requires emergency attention. An x-ray is usually taken to determine if there is a fracture, since some people may be able to continue walking unaware that they have a fracture. In a stress fracture, a bone scan may have to conducted as it may be difficult to pick up with an x-ray. Post fracture rehabilitation may involve surgery but in some cases non-surgical intervention may be all that is needed.
Stress fractures can occur in people who are poorly conditioned or in professional athletes who over-train. A mild stress fracture can be healed with rest and time - usually 4 to 8 weeks. The limb may be put in a brace or cast to allow it to rest and promote healing. Crutches may be needed to help the person to move around. Ice is used to decrease pain and inflammation and anti-inflammatory drugs may be taken to relieve pain. In some cases a bone stimulator may be used to promote healing of the bone. In severe cases surgery may have to performed. Rehabilitation will involve stretching and strengthening exercises once the acute stage is past.
Hip fracture rehabilitation is a highly skilled task requiring special procedures and precautions. Because of the anatomy of the hip, complications can arise if it is not handled carefully during rehabilitation. Depending on the type of surgical procedure, your doctor may state certain weight-bearing precautions which we will explain to you and train you in following them. Four to eight weeks of therapy may be required after you leave the hospital. During this time we will treat your pain, guide you in ambulation with an assistive device and give you strengthening exercises. Your occupational therapist will train you in ADLs-bathing, dressing and home management.
Some athletes may sustain a clavicle (collarbone) fracture or it may occur during a fall or accident. Depending on the nature of the injury, a figure-of-eight strap wrapped around the body and the shoulders, together with a sling may aid in recovery. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications and physiotherapy once the strap is removed. Rest is important during the acute stage. You should avoid any activity that will cause pain. Cycling on a stationary bike and water- running may be helpful. After the acute stage is past, you may begin strengthening exercises for the muscles of the shoulder, back, upper arms and chest.
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