Recently Recovering From A Fracture?

Every individual’s recovery and injury process is different, which means no two are the same!

When it comes to recovery, a tailored rehabilitation plan with an experienced physiotherapist is the only way you can be assured the following measurable objectives are of focus: 

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

These 5 factors will result in the successful rehabilitation of your fracture. As these 5 factors impact your rate of rehabilitation, you will also notice a significant change in the following elements:

  • Decrease in symptoms
  • Limitation of pain 
  • Protection against other fractures
  • Improved range of movement and flexibility 
  • Strengthen surrounding muscle fibres
  • Promoting positive ligament healing, resulting in a faster rate of recovery!

Having a tailored rehabilitation plan for your post-fracture recovery needs will also involve overcoming the after-effects of being in a cast or a sling for 6-8 weeks. As our body is interconnected when one part is injured other parts overcompensate. For example, if you are recovering from a fractured ankle injury and have been prescribed a boot, this can have implications on your hip and knee such as reduced muscle function, muscle weakness and muscle stiffness for being in a boot for a long period of time. 

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

As stated above, when you injure one specific joint or bone, you often end up affecting the entire injury site and connecting ligaments and bones. An important part of post fracture rehabilitation is to work on improving reduced muscle function, muscle weakness and muscle stiffness, by doing your prescribed exercises via your physiotherapist. When a fracture occurs, usually a lot of soft tissue damage will also occur, which must 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, can often experience pain and a significant loss of function at the injury site that may be temporary or permanent. Individuals may also find that the fracture will never heal properly and will be permanently injured. For example, a shoulder fracture without seeing a physiotherapist can lead to the bone never healing. However, most people who would like to resume their chosen sport, career or daily activities sooner, would undertake a thorough rehabilitation plan with a local physiotherapist.

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.