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Physical therapy for rehab post fracture fixation

What is fracture fixation?

Fixation is a procedure used to set and stabilize fractured bones from the inside, rather than from the outside via a cast or sling. This surgery is sometimes necessary when the bone is broken and the pieces are unstable or severely out of alignment. The process of bringing the bones back into alignment is sometimes called “resetting” the bones, which can be accomplished from the outside with a cast or sling or from the inside via surgery.

When surgery is necessary, the bones can be reset using various types of implants. The surgeon will choose an implant that will provide the best results with the least invasiveness, depending on the patient’s specific condition. Implants tend to be metal plates, metal screws, metal nails, and long rods, though the exact device may depend on the patient.

After this procedure, most patients need to undergo physical therapy to regain control of the affected limb and to heal safely, quickly, and without further damage.

Source: Stanford Health Care

Why do patients need fracture fixation?

Fracture fixation is almost always used to repair severe or compound fractures. Generally, less invasive methods of resetting the bone — such as a cast or sling — are preferred, except in cases where the break is especially severe.

However, broken bones aren’t the only condition that can be treated with fracture fixation. The surgery can also be used to correct bone misalignment, extend a limb’s length, or keep soft tissue safe after a burn or other injury.

The most common reasons for fracture fixation include:

  • Severe break or fracture
  • Bone misalignment
  • Burns

Source: Verywell Health

Physical therapy for rehab post fracture fixation

Prompt and consistent physical therapy is paramount to successful recovery after fracture fixation surgery. It’s likely that your surgeon will recommend that a physical therapist visit you before you even leave the hospital. There, he or she will teach you how to use a cane or crutches, including when walking up and down stairs or when getting into and out of a car. The idea of these preliminary steps is to prevent further injury upon your release from the hospital.

When you return home, your PT can help you assess your home environment and remove any potential obstacles. As you heal in the comfort of your home, he or she will make frequent visits to lead you through safe exercises to increase stability, endurance, and strength in the affected muscles.

Source: Verywell Health

Luna’s physical therapists treat
rehab post fracture fixation

Luna employs physical therapists who specialize in helping patients recover from fractures. With the knowledge and experience required when dealing with such a complex surgery and recovery process, Luna PTs can have you back on your feet — and back to the activities you love — in no time.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for rehab post fracture fixation wherever it’s most convenient — at home, at the gym, or even at work. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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