Post Fracture Rehabilitation
Post-fracture rehabilitation physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process after a fracture. The specific physiotherapy treatments will depend on the type and location of the fracture, as well as the individual’s overall health and mobility. Here are some common components of post-fracture rehabilitation physiotherapy:
Pain Management: Controlling pain and managing post-fracture discomfort is an important aspect of physiotherapy. The physiotherapist may use modalities such as ice or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or manual techniques to alleviate pain and promote comfort.
Range of Motion Exercises: Gradually regaining and improving the range of motion in the affected joint or limb is a key focus of early rehabilitation. The physiotherapist will guide you through specific exercises and movements to safely increase joint mobility and flexibility.
Strengthening Exercises: Strengthening the muscles around the fractured area is crucial for regaining function and preventing muscle weakness. The physiotherapist will design an exercise program to gradually strengthen the muscles without compromising the healing process.
Balance and Proprioception Training: After a fracture, balance and proprioception (body awareness) can be affected. The physiotherapist will incorporate exercises and activities that challenge and improve these aspects to restore stability and reduce the risk of falls.
Gait Training: If the fracture affects mobility and walking ability, gait training will be an important component of rehabilitation. The physiotherapist will guide you through a progressive program to regain a normal walking pattern, ensure proper weight-bearing, and improve overall walking ability.
Functional Training: As you progress in your rehabilitation, the physiotherapist will introduce functional training exercises that simulate activities of daily living. These exercises focus on restoring functional abilities and preparing you for a safe return to your desired activities.
Scar Management: For fractures that involve incisions or surgical procedures, the physiotherapist may provide guidance on scar management techniques, such as scar massage and proper wound care, to minimize scar tissue formation and promote healing.
Education and Prevention Strategies: The physiotherapist will provide education on proper body mechanics, postural awareness, and techniques to prevent future injuries. They may also offer guidance on injury prevention exercises, activity modifications, and the use of appropriate protective equipment.