A fracture is defined as any loss of continuity of bone.
Loss of integrity in a bone is considered a fracture, whether it’s a barely discernible hairline crack or the shattering of bone. The professionals at Physiocare Physical Therapy offer physical therapy treatments that will help during and after a fracture’s healing process.
For instance, if an ankle or leg is broken, a patient is given restrictions on weight-bearing. Our expert physical therapists at Physiocare can help you to maintain weight restrictions by teaching you how to walk with any assistive device (crutches, cane, walker), ensuring that you don’t put too much stress on the fractured bone.
THE MOST COMMON FRACTURES
Theoretically, any of the 206 bones in the body could be fractured. Physiocare provides effective treatment for the different types of fractures, which include the following:
- A greenstick fracture occurs on one side of a bone and is caused by a force that is perpendicular to the bone’s long axis. These types of fractures only occur in children, since their bones are more flexible.
- An avulsion fracture is one in which a small piece of bone is torn from the main bone. This typically occurs in accidents or as a result of overexertion.
- A comminuted fracture breaks a bone into three pieces or more.
- A small crack in a bone that causes discomfort and pain is a stress fracture.
There are many different causes of bone fractures, though most are caused by accidents and falls. A compound fracture also causes injury to the skin that overlays it. Pathological fractures are caused by disease.
TREATMENT FOR FRACTURES AT PHYSIOCARE
The type of physical therapy that we provide for fractures at Physiocare depends largely on which bone or bones are broken.
In all cases, however, bone healing is a natural process. The physical therapy we provide is focused around providing optimal conditions for the bone to heal itself as well as fracture after-care. Many times, when there is a fracture, the area will be immobilized for a period of time with a splint or cast. When the splint or cast is removed, the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints in the area will be very stiff and will require physical therapy to regain their normal length and allow for proper joint mobility.
As a direct access facility, our patients have the ability to come directly to us for physical therapy, with no referral needed. Many of our patients, however, come to us at Physiocare Physical Therapy for fractures by referral of a doctor.