Post fracture and surgery
All Major Orthopaedic surgery is dependent on its rehabilitation process to return the patient back to their pre-surgery state and hopefully well beyond.
All injuries / corrections / or fractures normally require a period of non movement to help protect the area.
After the surgery or plaster removal the limb is normally very stiff and painful to move in any direction.
There is normally associated muscle wasting and swelling. There are often restrictions to weight bearing to protect the area of the surgery and a gradual return to normal is required.
Properties / Benefits of Hydrotherapy / Aquatic Physiotherapy
- The warmth of the water helps with relaxing muscle spasm.
- The pressure of the water helps with improving the circulation of the area and the skin which in turn, helps to reduce the swelling associated with immobility.
- Mobility can be graded with the shallower the water the more weight through the limb.
- Joint range of movement is improved as the swelling and muscle spasm reduces.
- The water can be used to encourage movement and then to resist movement later in the process.