‘Broken bone/bones’ commonly termed as fracture which can happen after accidents, falls or being struck by something.

In older age, bones become frailer and main cause of fractures is trips and falls. Moreover, osteoporosis in older age can make bones more brittle and more likely to fracture after a fall.

Types of bone fracture

  • Complete fracture: the bone snaps into two or more parts
  • Incomplete fracture: the bone cracks but does not break all the way through.
  • Compound fracture: commonly known as an open fracture, the bone breaks through the skin. It may then recede back into the wound, so it is no longer visible through the skin.
  • Simple fracture: also called a closed fracture, the bone breaks but there is no open wound in the skin.
  • Greenstick fracture: an incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent. This type of fracture occurs most often in children.
  • Transverse fracture: a fracture at a right angle to the bone’s axis.
  • Oblique fracture: a fracture in which the break is at an angle to the bone’s axis.
  • Comminuted fracture: a fracture in which the bone fragments into several pieces.
  • An impacted fracture: is one whose ends are driven into each other. This commonly occurs with arm fractures in children and is sometimes known as a buckle fracture.
  • A Pathological fracture: caused by a disease that weakens the bones.
  • A Stress fracture: which is a hairline crack 

How Can Rehab Basics Help?

Following a fracture, your rehabilitation programme will be designed based on age, severity and area of fracture which includes exercises to help improve your strength and mobility.

In some cases, Rehabilitation can take place years after the actual injury wherein Rehab Basics can help the patient to reach their full Potential.

Every exercise programme will be individualised and depend on your current level of fitness and mobility and may involve some of the following:

  • weight-bearing exercises – where your feet and legs support your weight, such as walking
  • non-weight-bearing exercises – where your feet and legs don’t support your weight
  • Hydrotherapy
  • TENS depending on the type of surgery (e.g. if or not any metal implants)
  • FES depending on the type of surgery (e.g. if or not any metal implants)
  • Gym exercises
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Avoiding any stiffness or contractures in older age.
  • Balance training exercises

It’s important that Rehabilitation programme is adhered too after a fracture to ensure you regain as much fitness and mobility as possible.

Treatment Sessions are offered in clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes or at Home Environment.

For further information about our service or to book an appointment with Rehab Basics please contact us