What kinds of physical therapy are typical after recovering from a compound leg fracture?
Trying to get some general ideas about what type of PT my 12 year old son may be facing when he gets out of his cast here in a couple of months. He has nails in his tibia bone and had a broken fibular bone as well so is in full leg cast for 6 weeks followed by another cast for a couple of months minimum. Afterwords he'll have PT to build himself up - just wondering what we might expect from anyone who has had similar injuries. (He was in a bus crash)
Once he is out of the cast, he can expect PT to restore strength and range of motion. Also, they will work to get him back to optimal function. He will be well healed, so PT may work aggressively to restore range of motion with various techniques for flexibility and joint mobility. Pain may be expected, but generally a PT will keep it reasonable, especially with a child. An assessment of nerve involvement should also be completed. Your son will be expected to do exercises daily at home which will involve some resistance training and also self stretching. Children heal very quickly, so the length of PT may only need to be 4-6 visits over a few months, however it really depends on his level of function and what deficits are present.
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