Pelvis, Hip & Lower Leg Fractures Treatment

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The specialized equipment at Focus Physiotherapy can maximize your physical recovery from devastating injuries. Our compassionate team of registered healthcare professionals put your recovery and safety first and above all else.

Pelvic fracture

A pelvic fracture is usually the result of a major trauma like a motor vehicle crash, industrial accident, a fall from a tall height in young patients, or a fall from standing in elderly patients. There are three bones within the pelvis that can be fractured, with the treatment depending on the bone injured and the severity of its injury. In more severe pelvic fractures, there is a possibility of blood loss and other injuries. Common treatments for a fractured pelvis range from limited weight bearing on your legs to surgical repair of the fracture. Much relief is felt within the first six months of injury.

Acetabular fracture

Acetabular fracture is usually the result of a motor vehicle crash. In this type of injury, the socket connecting the pelvis to the femur is broken. The most common treatment for this type of fracture is surgery followed by physiotherapy.

Hip Fractures Treatment

Hip fracture

Hip fracture is more common in elderly persons who have fallen. It also can be caused by a direct blow or a motor vehicle or motorcycle crash. After the hip is fractured, it is common for your leg to turn outward and shorten. The usual treatment for a hip fracture is surgery followed by physiotherapy.

Femur (thighbone) fracture

Femur (thighbone) fracture usually is the result of a major force or trauma. It requires a considerable force to break a normal femur — the longest and strongest bone in the body. The usual treatment for this fracture is surgery followed by physiotherapy.

Knee Fractures Treatment

Patella (kneecap) fracture

Patella (kneecap) fracture usually is the result of direct trauma to the knee. It can be caused by a fall, motor vehicle crash, motorcycle crash or automobile-pedestrian crash. This fracture may be treated with a knee immobilizer or by surgery depending on the severity followed up with physiotherapy.

Leg Fractures Treatment

Tibial and/or fibular (lower leg) fracture

Tibial and/or fibular (lower leg) fracture usually is the result of direct trauma to the lower leg. The causes of this type of fracture include falls from a height and motor vehicle collisions. The force of the trauma will directly influence the severity of the injury. Treatments range from a simple cast to surgery and should always be followed by physiotherapy.

Ankle Fractures Treatment

Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures can be caused by a variety of trauma types — such as a fall; a direct blow to the ankle; or a motor vehicle collision. The treatment of ankle fractures varies with the severity of the fracture. Ankle fractures are treated with splints, casts or surgery followed by physiotherapy.

A Calcaneus (heel) fracture

A Calcaneus (heel) fracture usually is the result of a fall from a significant height when the patient lands directly on the feet. This type of injury usually causes great swelling and is often accompanied by fractures to the back. The treatment of these fractures varies from splints, to casts, to surgery. Surgery often is performed after the swelling has gone down.  Physiotherapy can help you achieve maximum possible recovery.

Lower extremity fractures are serious and without a doubt they impact movement in the home. Our team can organize intervention in the home and when you are able we take over the treatment plan in clinic. Our Registered Physiotherapists will be the first to emphasize safety during ambulation and work around your functional limitations to ensure you can safely get around your environment.
Your injuries are serious and obviously they will cause pain. Your recovery will increase your functonal ability in a manner that will surprise you. Many people look at their current state and can’t imagine ever being “normal”. Thank goodness Registered Physiotherapists are not like that! Yes we see your injuries, we work around your current limitations to create treatment programs that with hard work and perseverence will result in improvement. Our team has hope because we have seen others recover with similar injuries. You wll be taken care of and we will help you reach your goals.
Fear in such a situation is normal. But let’s not forget what FEAR really is…

False Evidence Appearing Real = FEAR

We are Registered Physiotherapists who really want to do good by you, there is nothing more professionally satisfying that helping someone get better. We practice our profession with a duty of care to you first and foremost. We are on your side and we are the team that will get you better. When you first come to us you will be hesitant, and that is a normal feeling. You have been through a lot and probably lucky to be alive. We appreciate that, and as Registered Physiotherapists who practice within a physiotherapist owned clinic we can tell you that you are on you way to recovery.

The longer you wait the longer the road to recovery will be. It is normal that you will be tired with all the pain medications, lack of sleep, and physical healing your body is going through. Yet the sooner you start your rehabilitation the better off you will be. Our Registered Physiotherapists appreciate how you will fatigue more easily during the early stages of your recovery. We work around that by prescribing the right treatment intervention at the right time. As your tolerance improves your treatment will consist of different activities. As your activity level increases so will your levels of hope and optimism.
Our Registered Physiotherapists will advise you on any necessary accomodations tha you may require to return to work and increase you ability to work through out the day. If needed we can send someone to your place of work and perform a thorough job site analysis and prepare your workspace with any accomodations you will require.
As we noted in our Fracture section: After a traumatic injury, patients often expect that they will be completely better and back to normal within a few weeks. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case — even for simple injuries. Take, for example, a little toe fracture. A little toe fracture does not need a cast and heals with no treatment at all. For six weeks, though, it is too painful to wear constricting shoes, and if you hit the toe while putting on your socks there is severe pain. The foot, and the toe especially, remain swollen.

After six weeks the severe pain goes away, but the toe is still too swollen to fit in shoes. The severe pain is replaced by aches and stiffness that increases with activity. The pain is not severe, but is definitely an annoyance that will make you want to limit your walking. The toe will remain swollen for a year, with the pain becoming less and less over time. However, even at a year the toe will occasionally swell and ache with weather changes. You can probably now imagine how things are with larger bones.

Our team of registered physiotherapists want to provide you with the type of treatment that helps you achieve your maximum possible recovery. We will do our best to deliver a service combined with education will maximize potential for a return to normalcy following your traumatic event.
Our team of Registered Physiotherapists will integrate your goals as components of our treatment plans. If you want to return to soccer we will work on that as too. Your rehabilitation treatment plan goals will be unique to what your needs are.
Your recovery involves your active participation. Our approach is centred around your participation. Everything we do relies on your participation. Goals set out in our treatment plan are based on your particular needs and injuries. What to emphasize, and when, depends on where you are in your recovery. You will be the centre of the treatment program and your active role in our team will be important to your recovery.

Contact us today to book your appointment. It’s the first step on your road to recovery.

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