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Physical Therapy for Fractured Bones Healing the bone is just the first step

How do you feel?

You’ve just spent 6-10 weeks immobilized in a cast or brace while your bone fracture heals. This rest period is critical to your recovery, naturally. In fact, your new bone will actually be stronger than your original bone if the appropriate steps are taken in your rehabilitation process.

However, while your bone knits itself back together, the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments weaken and stiffen.

This leaves you feeling tight and sore when the cast comes off and you start moving around again. It also leaves you open to additional injuries.

A weak leg is harder to balance on, which throws off your gait and creates lower back problems. A weak arm doesn’t lift as well, causing your shoulder to bear more weight and create stress in your neck muscles.

At SOPT, we create a specialized PT program for you to loosen and strengthen the soft tissues around your fracture, encouraging them to work correctly again so you can get back to your active life.

What are the common causes?

  1. Inactivity is the primary culprit in most cases. While rest is essential during the healing process, it can create problems for you once the cast or brace is removed.
  2. If you do not regularly move and stretch your body, the muscles will weaken and the tendons and ligaments will lose their elasticity. You’ll be stiff and sore for awhile.
  3. Returning to your normal activity level before your soft tissues are ready, opens you to additional injuries like pulled muscles and tendinitis.

How Do I Know it’s Time for Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

  • You want to return to your normal activity level as quickly as possible after your bone fracture heals.
  • You only want treatment with a licensed PT, not a string of PT Assistants.
  • You want hands-on treatment from the same PT every visit so he or she can treat you more personally and more effectively.
  • You want access to the best and most current techniques from a fully licensed PT.
  • Remember, you do NOT need a referral from your PCP to see a PT (unless your health insurance policy dictates otherwise). And you have the right to see any PT you choose for treatment of your pain and injuries. Feel free to call our office and we can help you determine if a PCP referral is needed. (401) 384-6490