Fracture Care

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

Every year, millions of Americans experience an injury that causes a fracture. The experts at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland, offer on-site physical therapy for rehabilitation after fractures. If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone, call or book an appointment online for expert fracture care today.

Fracture Care Q & A

What is a Fracture?

Fracture is another name for a broken bone. A bone can break partially or completely in many ways, including crosswise, lengthwise, and in several pieces. A fracture may be closed (doesn’t break the skin), or compound (bone protrudes through the skin).

A complete fracture occurs when the bone separates into two or more pieces, while a partial fracture involves a crack in the bone. Stress fractures are hairline cracks in the bone that may be difficult to see with a standard X-ray.

Fractures cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected limb or joint, but the team at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offer expert fracture care, including on-site physical therapy for rehabilitation.

How Do You Treat a Fracture?

Fracture treatment aims to realign and stabilize the broken bone. The exact treatment you receive depends on the type, location, and severity of your fracture. Common fracture treatment includes immobilizing the affected limb in a cast or functional brace.

Severe fractures may require surgery, and depending on your condition, you may need metal rods and screws to hold your bone in place while it heals. Fractures that affect the hip almost always require surgery. This is because other treatments require lengthy immobilization and tend to be less successful.

How Does Physical Therapy Help with Fracture Recovery?

After your initial fracture treatment, your provider at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation may recommend physical therapy to optimize your recovery. Their on-site rehabilitation facilities include a team of physical therapists and therapy assistants dedicated to restoring your injured limb or joint to peak function as quickly and safely as possible.

Immobilization after a fracture may lead to a decrease in strength and functional mobility. Your physical therapist at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation carefully evaluates your condition to identify specific areas of weakness or restricted movement. Then, they work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you recover fully.

Depending on your needs, physical therapy may include:

  • Exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Manual therapy such as massage
  • Electrical stimulation or ultrasound to reduce pain and inflammation

In addition to working with your physical therapist at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, they teach you exercises to perform at home to facilitate recovery and prevent recurrent injuries.

To learn more about physical therapy for fracture care, call Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation or book an appointment online.