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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

Yes: Anytime you have a severe injury such as tri-malleolar ankle fracture, physical therapy is a great modality to get you back to some what normal stage. Unfortunately you may not return to 100% of your old level of activities, but anything to help you get back close to that will help. ...Read more

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What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

Fracture: If you have an ankle fracture I would not do any physical therapy exercises until the cast or boot is removed and fracture healing is observed on x-ray. ...Read more

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What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

What types of exercise/physical therapy can someone with a type b lateral malleolus (ankle/fibula) fracture do to stay fit?

Several.: Swimming. Aqua-aerobics. Weight training. Etc. When fractures heal, wearing an ankle brace and using a schwinn-airdyne would be best! Other sporting activities can be aqdapted, but check with your orthopedist! ...Read more

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My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered. But he has yet to gain his full mobility. Should he do physical therapy? He's a pretty active boy

My 7 year old son broke his lower leg (tibia / fibia fracture) skiing 4 mo's ago and has recovered. But he has yet to gain his full mobility. Should he do physical therapy? He's a pretty active boy

Yes, it helps: 7 yr old will recover fast, heal fast, can gain strength and movements on his own, . Physical therapy, will make recovery fast, will recognize weak group of muscles, any nerve entrapment will recognize & corrects it and prevent complications, speak to his ortho. Surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best therapy for a ankle fracture? How soon can I start jogging?

What is the best therapy for a ankle fracture? How soon can I start jogging?

Depends on Fx.: "ankle fracture" is very broad ; can very from a chip 2 a very severe multi fragmented type. Only the orthopedist u c can decide what's best after exam ; imaging. There is no universal answer 2 this? ...Read more

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Best treatment for 90y/o woman w/ displaced ankle fracture w/ history of wound healing/infection issues/high BP/irregular heartbeat/elevated kidney?

Best treatment for 90y/o woman w/ displaced ankle fracture w/ history of wound healing/infection issues/high BP/irregular heartbeat/elevated kidney?

Complicated: Obviously many issues in this case. Such as - exactly which bone (s) are broken and how badly and was it an open fracture? Also - what was pt's walking status prior to this fracture? If this is an unstable ankle fracture that needs surgery, then the patient and family will have to talk about whether to take the risk of surgery, or decline, and thereby accept that pt may not be able to walk. ...Read more

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Treatment options 90y/o F w/displaced ankle fracture? Walking poor w/walker prior to fall. History high BP/skin infection/irrreg heartbeat/high kidney

Treatment options 90y/o F w/displaced ankle fracture? Walking poor w/walker prior to fall. History high BP/skin infection/irrreg heartbeat/high kidney

To fix or not to fix: In general, a displaced fracture in an ankle would benefit from having it repaired operatively--unless there are mitigating circumstances that would make that a poor choice. The treating physician is the best person able to assess the entire patient, the fracture, and any other factors to arrive at the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy for three posterior rib fractures?

Not typically: In general, therapy in a patient with healing fractures of the ribs can be painful and not particularly helpful; other than in the initial mobilization to get a person out of bed. Once the fractures are healed, most patients do well and so therapy not terribly useful at that time either. Deep breathing and even using an incentive spirometer to avoid an associated pneumonia can be helpful. ...Read more

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Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

Physical therapy of multiple rib fracture?

My protocol: For my patients who have rib fracture surgery, I use immediate shoulder range of motion exercises and core stretching. Breathing exercises and incentive spirometer use is also key. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy for a hairline fracture?

Will I need physical therapy for a hairline fracture?

Probably Not: In the setting of fracture care physical therapy is generally used to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and accelerate return to activities. Most patients have some sort of immobilization during fracture healing and after the fracture is healed need some transition to full pre-fracture activity. However, many patients can do exercises at home and do not need formal physical therapy. ...Read more

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Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Physical therapy after pelvic fracture?

Usually: Depends on the type of pelvic fracture and treatment required. At the least, therapy for gait training is usually recommended. Sometimes more involved therapy for range of motion, balance, and strengthening is recommended. ...Read more

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What types of physical therapy do I need for a knee fracture?

Not yet: Physical therapy should be initiated after healing of the fracture. Therapy would be directed at increasing the strength and flexibility that would be lost by immobilization during the healing process. ...Read more

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What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

Coccyx: Alone exercises may be quite painful. One thing use a doughnut cushion when sitting. Secondly a nerve block will definitely help with pain. A topical cream could also be used. These can be quite painful. ...Read more

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My Dr has not recommended physical therapy for a cervical neck fracture that occurred in September, 2016. Does this make sense?

My Dr has not recommended physical therapy for a cervical neck fracture that occurred in September, 2016. Does this make sense?

Ask why: Without knowing your full story, I would still think physical therapy would be helpful to restore range of motion, improve strength and posture and possibly reduce any residual pain you have. Of course, a dialogue with your physician would be wise. Ask him/her why PT has not been a part of your treatment regimen yet. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Is physical therapy necessary for body areas where bones were fractured but did not heal?

Is physical therapy necessary for body areas where bones were fractured but did not heal?

Probably: Although, I am not sure what your problem is, I believe you need to have a definite plan worked out to resolve your problem. Physical therapy will probably be an essential part of this plan, however, the timing of it may differ depending on other factors. Talk to the physician who is treating you and ask him if physical therapy at this stage is right for you. ...Read more

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Which type of physical therapy is done for a boxers fracture?

Which type of physical therapy is done for a boxers fracture?

Hand therapy: Hand therapy is sometimes required after a boxers fracture to maximize range of motion and function. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is there for an avulsion fracture?

What physical therapy is there for an avulsion fracture?

Depends: Depending on where the avulsion occurs and to what degree and what treatment is rendered, will determine the physical therapy needed. The fracture usually has to heal by rest and splint of some sort or may have to be operatively "fixed" with wire, screw or other means. Then, your doctor will recommend the right physical therapy if needed or indicated. Work with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long will I have physical therapy after ulna fracture surgery?

Depends: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Physical therapy after pelvic fracture--improvements/complications with having/not having it?

Not for the fracture: Physical therapy after pelvic fracture will help with walking, transferring, and activities of daily living (adls) however it will not help with the healing of the fracture itself. Make sure you get up and walk around everyday to prevent clots in the legs and lungs. ...Read more

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I have 3 compression fractures on my T10 T11 T12. I start physical therapy tommorrow and the accident happened Oct 18 2014. Will I have chronic pain?

Compression fracture: Compression fractures take 2 to 3 months to fully heal, and because you have 3 of them, I would expect some degree of discomfort for several more weeks. Notify the physiotherapist if any of the treatments cause significant pain either during or after the therapy. ...Read more

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I had a micro fracture on my knee last summer 2012. I went to physical therapy for 5-6 months. But my knee has not been the same. What's wrong with it?

I had a micro fracture on my knee last summer 2012. I went to physical therapy for 5-6 months. But my knee has not been the same. What's wrong with it?

??: By micro fracture do you mean a "micro fracture arthroplasty " if so you are pretty young for such things but it is not unheard of
unfortunately by no means does all surgery work
go discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Lower distal pole fracture of R Patella repair with wire. Afterwards not told anything about physical therapy. What should be done and how often?

Lower distal pole fracture of R Patella repair with wire. Afterwards not told anything about physical therapy. What should be done and how often?

Knee: After normal healing time should be shown specific physical therapy for the thigh and calf muscles and maximize flex ion and extention of the knee ...Read more

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Physical therapy what is needed had t12 compression fracture no osteporosis pain when walking?

Followup: Compression fractures usually heal over a 8-12 week period but can cause pain up through about 6 months. Physical therapy is not an intervention used commonly to treat fracture pain, which is usually activity related. You may either have to give it more time or arrange followup to make sure pain us not coming from something else. We also can do kyphoplasty for persistent pain from vcf. ...Read more

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When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

When should a person start physical therapy and mobilize his elbow after elbow dislocation/fracture?

Within a week: Assuming your fracture-dislocation was fixed surgically (as most are), it is critical to get your elbow moving within a week of surgery. You may never have full motion again (though it is possible), but to optimize your motion and elbow function, early motion is critical. ...Read more

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Fractured ribs 2-4 in back. Will I need physical therapy?

Fractured ribs 2-4 in back. Will I need physical therapy?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily, however, if there is significant soft tissue injury them some gentle modalities may be in order. Typically, these injuries heal spontaneously without active treatment, however, some individuals may benefit from a brief course of physical therapy to help reduce muscle tightness, reduce pain, decreased inflammation, and improve function. Consult with a physiatrist. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

What are physical therapy exercises for a fractured fibula?

Motion and strength: A fibula fracture usually requires. Bit of immobilization which can cause stiffness nd muscle trophy. Physical therapy will help maximize functional recovery by first negating stiffness and obtaining full motion. Next, atrophy from disuse is reversed with a strengthening program. Finally, balance, endurance nd gait retraining are employed return your extremity as close o normal as possible. ...Read more

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Fractured elbow and failing physical therapy, what to do?

Fractured elbow and failing physical therapy, what to do?

Elbow specialist.: Make sure that you're seeing an orthopedic elbow specialist. The fracture needs to heal in the correct position. It may be malaligned.... Or it could be a non-union or a delayed union. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured elbow and failing physical therapy?

What to do if I fractured elbow and failing physical therapy?

See a specialist.: See a fellowship trained orthopedic elbow specialist. You may have a fracture that healed improperly. ...Read more

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Have torn hamstring from physical therapy after broken hip. I'm recovering well from hip fracture but afraid to go back to same physical therapy.

Hip strengthening: Depending on when the fracture occurred and whether its completely healed or not, you would still benefit from some hip and pelvic girdle strengthening. If you are not comfortable with the current PT, you can do home exercises and find another therapist. But it will be imperative that the muscles around the hip joint (flexors, extensors, and abductors) are strengthened. ...Read more

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Had a compound fracture of my left condyle 4 mo ago. In physical therapy now but starting to have problems w/dizziness & nausea after being worked on?

Had a compound fracture of my left condyle 4 mo ago. In physical therapy now but starting to have problems w/dizziness & nausea after being worked on?

Hard to say: I assume when you have a physical therapy or might be having pain they can cause the dizziness and nausea. However there may be other medical problems going on and sometimes fractures can be associated with blood clots, fat emboli and although I am uncertain whether that could be related to your symptoms I think you need to see your physician andhave this evaluated ...Read more

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My orthopedic didn't prescribe anything to me after knee micro fracture. No cpm machine ice machine or physical therapy. Is that a good thing?

My orthopedic didn't prescribe anything to me after knee micro fracture. No cpm machine ice machine or physical therapy. Is that a good thing?

No follow up?: Did your doctor schedule you for a follow up appointment? Call his/her office and inquire about your question. If not satisfied, seek another opinion. Good luck and a speedy recovery! ...Read more

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Is it necessary to get a leg amputation at the mid-calf because of a very bad ankle fracture that wouldn't heal?

Is it necessary to get a leg amputation at the mid-calf because of a very bad ankle fracture that wouldn't heal?

It depends: It would have to be a quite severe fracture to need an amputation. These days an external fixator can be put on to allow healing of most comminuted really awful fractures then revisional surgery is done later. Only fractures that cut off the blood supply to the foot or have a nasty infection would need an amputation. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Ankle Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point ...Read more