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What is Fracture?

It refers to a broken bone. The severity of a fracture depends on the force required to break the bone – the larger the force, the worse the fracture.

How can physiotherapy help people with fracture?

Physiotherapists are involved in fracture detection, management decisions, and rehabilitation. Upon detection, your Physiotherapist may refer you for imaging or to an orthopaedic surgeon to better guide management. Fracture is treated by reduction, immobilization or traction. The focus of physiotherapy includes, fracture healing, pain and swelling reduction and functional recovery.

What are the common causes of fracture?

  • A traumatic incident like falls, motor vehicle accident, tackles during contact sports

  • Repetitive stress to a bone especially when a muscle is fatigued

  • A pathological condition like osteoporosis. Paget’s disease, carcinoma, osteomyelitis

How do I know if I have a fracture?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pain

  • Deformity

  • Swelling

  • Loss of function

  • Muscle spasm

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Abnormal movement

  • Limitation in joint movement

  • In some cases, shock

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