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In our last submission, we discussed the role of the physical therapist in recovering from a bone fracture. This week, we will explore specific rehabilitation methods used by physical therapists to restore strength, range of motion, and mobility after the cast comes off. Rehabilitation Techniques in Physical Therapy Six weeks of limb immobilization typically causes a loss of strength, range of motion and functional mobility. The overall goal of physical therapy after a fracture is to overcom...
Posted on 2018-10-09
Last time, we explored how the body is weakened due to immobilization after suffering a bone fracture.  This week, we will explore the role of the physical therapist in injury recovery following a fracture.   The Role of Physical Therapy in Orthopedic Rehabilitation after a Fracture             After a limb fracture, the first time you see a physical therapist will usually be in the hospital. The role of the PT at this stage is ...
Posted on 2018-10-02
Anyone who has had a broken limb is familiar with the setting and healing process. After a fracture, you go to a doctor who stabilizes or immobilizes the bone. This is necessary to assure proper setting of the bone (this is called “reduction” in MediSpeak). You also get a cast and often a sling or brace, and then you are off to the races, so to speak (well, maybe in a wheelchair). But how many of us utilize physical therapy after the cast comes off? Did you know this was an option, ...
Posted on 2018-09-25

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