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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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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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Will I need physical therapy for three posterior rib fractures?

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

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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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. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more