Bone fractures require medical treatment for healing. They also require rehabilitation after the bone has healed in order to regain full use and range of motion of the affected area. Work accidents, as well as everyday mishaps, happen all the time, and our Cheyenne, WY physical therapy offices are prepared to help you rehabilitate to your fullest potential.
Wrist fractures are the most common broken bone for those younger than 75 years of age and often occur when you stretch the arm straight out to catch yourself when falling. While the bone is recovering, your arm or wrist will be placed in a cast or a sling. Depending on the type of injury and the amount of activity allowed, we may prescribe shoulder, elbow, and finger exercises even while you are still in a cast or sling.
We can also help you learn how to perform your normal daily activities — such as dressing, working on a computer, and housekeeping – during your time in the cast or sling. Once you can move freely without pain, we will begin adding activities. So the rest of the body remains in shape, most people with wrist and elbow fractures continue to exercise. We can help adapt exercise programs to maintain your overall strength and fitness without interfering with the healing of the fracture.
After the cast or sling is removed, the area that was injured will likely be stiff and weak. So early on, we may begin with passive range-of-motion exercises. Soon you will be able to exercise without weights, and then you will progress to weights and resistance bands. We may also use manual therapy to enable joints and muscles to move more freely with less pain.
Hip fractures are the most common breaks for those older than 75. Research has shown that the sooner physical therapy starts after hip surgery, the quicker and more complete the recovery. The course of therapy will differ based on the type of fracture, but generally we can help you begin using crutches and putting weight on the hip within one to four weeks after surgery.
Physical therapy is very important after an ankle or foot fracture also. Exercises will often include activities to increase movement at the ankle and other joints during or after the period of immobilization. In the beginning, we can attend to pain relief and help you learn to get around safely using crutches, a scooter, or a walker.
Physical therapy for a healed broken ankle
or foot will include strengthening exercises and building of the muscles around the knee, the hip, ankle, foot, and lower trunk so that you are fully prepared to return to your normal activities.
We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of services for a variety of orthopedic injuries. Orthopedic injuries and fractures can affect anyone, from the weekend warrior, to those with general wear and tear. Contact
us today for more information.
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