A Fracture is a break in the bone, which is either complete or partial. Most fractures are caused by a sudden injury that puts more pressure on the bone than it can withstand. Fractures most often occur in the hand, wrist, ankle, collarbone and the neck of the femur of the hip, which can be the result of a fall. This is often complicated if you have if you have osteoporosis as an underlying pathology.
The symptoms of a Fracture in vary widely depending on which bone is fractured. The most common bone fracture is the Shin bone. This fracture often occurs as a compound fracture, meaning the bone is protruding from the skin. Other symptoms of a bone fracture include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone.
- Deformity of an arm or leg.
- Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied.
- Inability to use the limb.
Not all fractures are to a person’s arm or leg. Trauma can result in skull, ribs, pelvic or spinal fractures. An unstable fracture can cause further damage, therefore, if you suspect a fracture seek medical attention immediately.
Immediate medical attention is advisable if you have experienced a fracture. Moving a broken bone can increase pain and bleeding and can cause further damage to soft tissue structures.
Broken bones heal by themselves. However, medical treatment is needed to insure correct alignment of the broken bone. Depending on the site and severity of the fracture, treatment may include a splint, brace, plaster and/ or insertion of metal rods or plates.
After the bone has healed, our highly skilled Physiotherapists will plan a rehabilitation programme taking into account your needs and lifestyle. Using specific exercises, the aim is to reduce any swelling, regain full muscle power and joint movement and to bring back full function.
Physiotherapy is used once the bone has been realigned and splinted, usually by encasing it in plaster. Our Physiotherapists can offer advice about positioning of the limb as well as teaching exercises to avoid muscles wasting and to prevent stiff joints while still in plaster.
Our Physiotherapists can also help the patient in sourcing and the appropriate use of crutches and other supportive devices.
Once the plaster or supportive device has been removed, our Chartered Physiotherapist will devise a specific rehabilitation programme tailored to your needs. All our Physiotherapists have extensive experience in the managed of fractures, so you know that you and your bones are in safe hands.