Fractures refer to a disruption in the continuity of a bone, and have many causes. Fractures are commonly caused by traumatic damage to the bone, such as during a fall, contact sporting event, physical accident, or collision with an object. One in three people will experience a fracture of some nature over the course of their lives, and appropriate management and rehabilitation are essential elements of fracture care.
Fractures have many presentations, depending on the nature of the injury and the bone that is affected. Fractures are typically referred to as "broken bones" and are readily associated with things like plaster casts, crutches, and walking sticks. Sometimes, fractures may be so minor that a person may walk around, engage with their life, and continue working all while undergoing management for a fracture. Otherwise, they may be so severe as to require surgical treatment as well as activity modification, followed by proper rehabilitation.
There are over two-hundred bones in the human body, all of which may experience fracture, dislocation, or damage. Because of this, the rehabilitation plan following a fracture is highly dependent on the bone that has been injured, the nature and severity of that injury, and the management plan that you may receive from your treating consultant or surgeon.
Management of Fractures depends on the cause of the pain, how it feels and changes over the day, what makes it better or worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing the pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step towards minimising and managing any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific nature of your Fracture, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.