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Femur Fracture Physiotherapy
A femur fracture (also termed as "femoral fracture") is a break, crack, or crush injury of the thigh bone. It is sometimes referred to as a "hip fracture" or a "broken hip" if the
femoral fracture is in the upper part of the bone near the hip-joint area.
fractures that are simple, short cracks in the bone typically do not
require corrective invasive surgery. But...fractures that break completely through the
bone, or worse, if the bone is displaced or crushed, will require
What is a Femur Fracture?
Anatomy of the femur including the long bone shaft
A femur fracture is a break in the thigh bone, or femur.
can be fractured generally in 3 areas:
- the head/neck of the bone (the upper end,
near the pelvis)
- the main shaft of the bone
- the lower end near the
Injury occurs when a high-force blow hits the thigh bone and this can
be caused by either the body weight of the person (as in a fall) or a
collision with an object (as in a motor vehicle accident).
The most common causes of femur fracture are:
- High-speed trauma, such as a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, a
fall from a high place, or an injury during extreme or contact sports
- A preexisting bone disease that weakens the bone, such as a tumor, Paget disease, bone cysts, or osteoporosis
what does a femoral fracture feels like
A femur fracture can and will cause extreme pain in the upper leg area. You may experience:
- An inability to move the leg or stand
- Swelling in the hip area
- Bleeding from an open wound if the bone breaks through the skin
- A change in the shape (deformity) of the thigh bone area
- Hematoma (a localized collection of blood causing discoloration) or severe bruising in the area of the fracture
- Muscle spasms in the thigh
- Numbness, tingling in the thigh or leg
Caution: A fractured femur may be life-threatening.
can occur following a femur fracture from complications such as blood
clots, pneumonia, or infection.
Symptoms of life-threatening injury
- Heavy or uncontrollable bleeding
- A bone fragment protruding through the skin
- Confusion or loss of consciousness
People above 60 years of age with femur fractures that do not
penetrate through the skin have a death rate of 17% and a complication
rate of 54%.
Unfortunately, only about 25% of those people who suffer a femur fracture
return to the same level of activity they had before the injury.
How Is It Diagnosed?
A femur fracture is a serious injury that is diagnosed by a doctor, usually in an accident and emergency room. The doctor will check for all
the signs and symptoms of a fracture as listed above.
An x-ray or CT
scan will help confirm the fracture.
The fracture can be a simple crack
or severe enough to break the femur into pieces that can separate or
even pierce through the skin.
Treatment of a femur fracture usually involves immediate admission to
the hospital and surgery, as well as extensive treatment in the
hospital or a rehabilitative facility. We do see and treat a number of femoral fracture injury physiotherapy.
Full recovery from a femur fracture can take anywhere from 12 weeks
to 52 weeks; however, most people begin walking with the help of our senior physiotherapist in the first day or two after injury and/or surgery.
how our senior physiotherapists can help
We will design a specific treatment program to speed your recovery. This femur fracture physiotherapy program includes exercises and treatments you should do at home to help you return to your normal life and activities.
We help you recover by helping you improve your:
- Pain level
- Leg, hip, and back motion
- Standing balance
- Walking ability
- Speed of healing
- Speed of return to activity and sport
The First 24-48 Hours
Following injury or surgery, we will help you:
- Get up out of bed to stand and walk. Early mobilization (walking,
standing, moving around) will help prevent blood clots and other
- Learn to use crutches or a walker.
Your physical therapist may use different types of treatments and machines to control and reduce and relieve your pain. These
treatments may include
We will choose specific activities and
treatments to help restore normal movement in the leg and hip. These
might start with passive motions that we apply to your leg
and hip joint, and progress to active exercises and stretches that you
Certain exercises will benefit your healing at each stage of
recovery, and we will design a unique treatment
program just for you. We will choose and teach you the
appropriate exercises that will restore your strength, power, and
These may include using free weights, stretchy bands, weighted
pulleys, cardio machines, and weight machines.
Speed Recovery Time
We are trained and experienced in choosing the
treatments and exercises to help you heal, get back to your normal life,
and reach your goals faster than you might be able to on your own.
Return to Activities
We will collaborate with you to decide on your
recovery goals, including return to work and sport, and will design your
treatment program to help you reach those goals in the safest, fastest,
and most effective way possible. We will use
- manual techniques
- work re-training activities
sport-specific techniques and drills
to help you achieve your goals.
Prevent Future Reinjury
We can recommend a home-exercise program to
strengthen and stretch the muscles around your hip, upper leg, and core
to help prevent future problems. These may include strength and
flexibility exercises for the
- and core muscles
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Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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