Physical Therapy for Fractures
Physical therapy is often an essential tool while recovering from a fracture. Usually, you’ll start physical therapy once your cast has been removed so that you will be able to start mobilizing the area around the fracture. Your first visit will involve an initial evaluation of the area and discussion of any notes coming from your physician. Your PT will likely take measurements of body parts around the fracture site. This may include measurements of:
- Range of motion
- Girth or swelling
- Gait (for lower extremity fractures)
- Overall function and mobility
After the Initial Evaluation
Your physical therapist will work with you to develop the best treatment strategy to help you recover fully. Physical therapy post-fracture often focuses on overcoming the negative effects of being immobilized by a cast or sling for a long period of time. It will aim to improve your functional mobility, reduce pain and swelling, strengthen muscles and decrease scar tissue, especially if surgery was required due to the extent of your fracture.
Your physical therapist will work with your physician and their recommendations to develop an individual treatment plan to restore your range of motion, strength and function based on your condition.