What is Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone, mostly caused by accident or fall.
A broken bone needs to be aligned by operation or cast.
There are many different types of bone fractures:
– Greenstick: found in young children when bone bends and break other side of bone
– Spiral: a twisting fracture
– Comminuted: bone broken into many pieces
– Transverse: Break bone directly across
– Compound: a fracture where bone break out of the skin
– Hairline: crack in bone
How physiotherapy can help after fractures?
Physiotherapy should start immediately once fracture has been immobilised. Physiotherapy during fractures can helps in:
– Reducing pain/ swelling
– Promote healing
– Prevent stiffness of affected joint
– Maintain strength of surrounding muscles
After fracture has healed, physiotherapy may be continued for 3 months or more till regain full function as before.
– Progress weight bearing/ walking training
– sports specific rehabilitation
– Optimise joint function
Physiotherapy can help fractures patients to a quick return and maximum performance.