Post Fracture Rehabilitation

If you or a family member have recently broken a bone, this week’s blog post is for you.

This week we talk about the importance of post fracture rehabilitation and how a tailored rehabilitation program with an experienced physiotherapist can enhance your recovery.


Breaks and fractures are extremely common

If you’ve been unlucky enough to suffer a fracture, you’ll know more than anyone else how painful an injury like this can be. Of course, such injuries require immediate medical attention to ensure all measures are taken to ensure the correct healing of the affected bone. In many cases, surgery may also be required to complete this component of the treatment.


Ready for next steps

After your initial treatment to ensure your fractured bone is healing correctly, it’s highly likely that it will be suggested to complete physiotherapy to ensure you can return to an optimal level of function and movement as soon as possible. After all, who wouldn’t want to return to their normal activities asap?


Rehabilitation that’s tailored to you

A tailored rehabilitation plan with an experienced physiotherapist can ensure the following measurable objectives are a key focus, which in-turn will result in a successful rehabilitation of your fracture:

  • Range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • General function & mobility

Working towards each of these treatment goals will also:

  • reduce pain
  • relieve symptoms
  • protect fractures
  • improve movement
  • strengthen muscles, and
  • promote ligament healing

A tailored rehabilitation plan for post fracture patients will also include working towards overcoming some of the negative effects of being in a cast or sling for 6-8 weeks. As we so often say, the body is extremely connected. For example, if you are nursing a fractured shoulder for 6-8 weeks, this can have implications on your wrist such as reduced muscle function and muscle stiffness for being in the sling for so long with little movement.


It’s not just the bone that’s often affected

As mentioned in the list above, an important part of post fracture rehabilitation is to work on improving the joint stiffness and muscle weakness around the injury site. When a fracture occurs, usually a lot of soft tissue damage will also occur, which must also be attended to.


What happens if you don’t have post fracture rehabilitation

For those who choose to not undergo a rehabilitation plan after their fracture, they can often experience pain and a significant loss of function at the injury site that may be temporary or permanent. However, most people who would like to resume to their chosen sport, career or daily activities undertake a thorough rehabilitation plan with a local physiotherapist.


Got questions?

You can be confident that our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will be able to successfully rehabilitate you or your family member after a fracture. Contact Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 47217798 or email: info@progressiverehab.com.au. Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.