What broken bones are; physiotherapy, hand therapy and sports massage implications
A fracture refers to a crack or a break in a bone in our bodies. The break can be complete or partial, and other variations are with dislocations, translocations, impacted, open or closed. Complete fracture refers to fracture that results in two different parts.
Partial refers to an incomplete crack. Broken bones with dislocations, translocations or impacted means that the broken bone had shifted. Open fractures refer to the bone having punctured the skin and exposed to the open; closed referred to broken bones that have not punctured the skin surface.
Most of the time, fractures are caused by a sudden injury that loads, stresses or pressurises the bone more than it can take – such as trauma from motorvehicle accidents or falls. The most commonly fractured areas include
- Neck of femur of the hip
What our physiotherapists, hand therapists and sports massage therapists can do for you
Following a fracture, the patient will first be managed by a doctor, who will decide on management option, be it conservative or surgical. Conservative management of broken bones can be done with immobilization with casting or splinting. Six weeks later, it’s safe to begin mobilization and active range of motion exercise therapy with the physiotherapists.
Our Physios will plan a rehabilitation programme taking into account the person’s needs and lifestyle. Using techniques including specific exercises and general fitness programmes, the aim is to reduce any swelling, regain full muscle power and joint movement and to bring back full function. 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. We can also help the patient in sourcing and the appropriate use of crutches and other supportive devices.
The hand therapist often managed fractures to hand, wrist and fingers, on top of fabricating made-to-measure splints for patients who needs the splint for immobilization purposes.
Sports massage and deep tissue release is particularly helpful to loosen scar adhesion, release tight muscle knots aka trigger points and stimulate circulation and blood flow following prolonged bed rest.