Did you know that accidental falls are a major cause of injury in older people, often resulting in hospitalisation.
Studies have found that regular exercise benefits those that are suffering from regular falls and have found their falls have decreased with falls prevention strategies and exercise programs.
Staying physically fit and active is the most important thing we can do for ourselves to stay fit and independent, as we get older.
Our Physiotherapist’s can help with falls prevention strategies assisting with strengthening, balance and mobility.
Benefits for patients:
- Minimal waiting times;
- Bulk billing for x-rays and diagnostic imaging;
- Direct access to Orthopaedic Surgeons, Exercise & Sports Physician and Physiotherapist’s;
- On-the-spot treatment for casting, splinting, back slab, thermoplastic splints and camboots;
- Rapid reporting and assessment notes sent directly to GP; and
- Registered provider for Work Cover, DVA and Medicare.
The most common causes of fractures are:
- Trauma. A fall, sports injury or an accident can all result in fractures.
- Osteoporosis. This disorder weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.
- Overuse. Repetitive motion can tire muscles and place more force on bone. This can result in stress fractures. Stress fractures are more common in athletes.
Many fractures are very painful and may prevent you from moving the injured area. Other common symptoms include:
- Swelling and tenderness around the injury
- Deformity – a limb may look out of place or a part of the bone may puncture through the skin. If you have a puncture through the skin this is called an ‘Open Fracture’ and is best treated in an Emergency Department.
Fractures can take up to several weeks to several months to heal, depending on the extent of the injury and how well you follow your doctor & physiotherapist advice.
Pain can ease before the fracture is completely healed enough to handle the stresses of normal activity.
During your recovery once your cast, boot or brace has been removed you will require some specific exercises to assist in restoring normal muscle strength, joint motion and flexibility.
If you have reoccurring fractures, a healthy diet and exercise may help in preventing some fractures. A diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D can assist with bone strength.
Contact us to see how our Dietitian and Physiotherapist can help.
Where to find us:
Address: Musculoskeletal Institute at Hurstville – Level 2, Suite 4, 37 Gloucester Road, Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone: 02 8970 6111
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.