A fracture is a break in the continuity of a bone which might be either completely broken, or partially cracked or bent. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the bone could break through the skin and be exposed, or could be contained within the flesh. Most fractures are also associated with other soft tissue injuries such as a ligament or tendon tear or nerve/vessel rupture. While most fractures occur as a result of impact force on the bone, bones may also break due to constant wear or weakening due to bone diseases.
Fractures might be accompanied by various signs and symptoms, even during the recovery period. Patients may experience swelling or accumulation of fluids (edema) at the site of injury. There might also be stiff joints and muscular pain and spasms associated with the area. The skin beneath the cast may show bruising or became dry and scaly.
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR FRACTURES
When the fracture is immobilized, it is advised not to move muscles that are directly involved in the injury. The therapist may involve the distal muscles and joints in a series of restricted or free range of motions (ROM) to test for pain. Therapists must be gentle and not apply too much stress on the bone that is healing. In open fractures, therapy should be avoided until the skin has healed. Read more