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Post-fracture Pain

What is Post-fracture Pain?

This refers to the pain felt after you sustain a fracture. There are three types of pain that occurs after fracture:

  1. Acute pain – medications help
  2. Sub-acute pain – occurs during recovery from fracture. Medications and physiotherapy help
  3. Chronic pain – occurs after the fracture has completely healed. Physiotherapy and medications help

How can physiotherapy help post-fracture pain?

Physiotherapy is effective in pain management, swelling reduction, prevention of scar tissue formation, improvement in muscle strength and bulk, improvement in mobility and functions.

What are the common complications associated with fracture recovery?

The treatment for fracture requires a period of immobilisation, with an average duration of six weeks. Associated with this period of immobilisation are:

  • Joint stiffness

  • Muscle weakness

  • Scar tissue formation

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Muscle wasting

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