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.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

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, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.