ORIF

An open reduction and internal fixation is a surgical procedure used to stabilize broken bones in various parts of the body including the elbow, wrist, knee, ankle, etc. to allow for proper healing for certain types of fractures. These procedures often involved the use of plates, screws, wires, rods, and pins. Following the surgery, you may be in a walking boot or cast to assist in the healing process.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Difficulty performing everyday activities

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP?

Participating in post-operative physical therapy can help address your post-operative symptoms. Based on your presentation, your physical therapist will determine appropriate treatment that may include working to reduce swelling, restoring normal range of motion, improve joint mobility and mechanics, increase functional strength and balance, and restore normal function. Your PT will provide you with a home exercise program to ensure proper healing and recovering.

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