Fractures &
Stress Fractures

Fractures and Stress Fracture Treatments in Kansas City

Fractures can happen to anyone and can require a variety of treatments depending on the specific type and circumstances surrounding the fracture.

Fractures come in many different shapes and sizes. Most often they are referred to as a “broken” or “cracked” bone. Fractures can occur from an impact injury or fall, weakened bones from pathology such as osteoporosis or other disease, or repetitive stress on a specific bone in the body. Stress fractures are common with repetitive type injuries and are most often treated conservatively using physical therapy.

Symptoms of

Symptoms of a fracture include pain at the site of injury, inability to move the affected area and immediate swelling following injury. With a stress fracture, symptoms can include a dull ache that is very focal to the specific site of the stress fracture with tenderness over the area.

Consult a Doctor if the Following Occurs:

Seek medical care as soon as possible if you have these symptoms and suspect you have a fracture. If a bone is exposed through the skin, call 911 immediately. Stabilize the injury and keep injured limb in the same position to prevent further injury.

Pain and Symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Angulation (when the area affected is bent unusually)
  • Unable to bear weight through the specific area
  • Loss of function in affected area
  • Dizziness and feelings of sickness are possible

Treatments for Fractures

A fracture requires medical attention by an orthopedic doctor. An x-ray or other imaging may be required to determine the extent and location of the fracture. Larger fractures must be set in their normalized position to allow for proper healing. When a bone is set without surgery, it is referred to as a “closed reduction,” and when surgery is required it is referred to as an “open reduction.” Hardware may be required to properly set the bone, known as internal fixation. After the bone is set, a cast or brace is most often used to immobilize the bone to optimize the healing process.

Our Treatment Process

Following the removal of a cast, physical therapy treatment for a stress fracture in Kansas City at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes multiple treatments to optimize your rehabilitation. We use A.R.T. to restore the proper motion, texture, and tightness to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. This can help eliminate the patient’s pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction during the healing process. We also perform soft tissue mobilization, often using Graston, to maintain mobility of the tissue as well as prevent excessive scar tissue from forming at the incision site. In addition, utilizing joint mobilization can improve and maintain motion of the joint where the fracture occurred as well as motion at adjacent joints. We’ll guide you through strength training throughout your physical therapy for a stress fracture, utilizing a variety of exercises and techniques to regain strength in the joints surrounding the fracture. This can retrain proper movement patterns and prepare you for a return to activity.

Management of a stress fracture that does not require immobilization involves maintenance of range of motion, as well as non-weight-bearing, pain-free strengthening of the musculature surrounding the fracture to avoid muscular atrophy. Once the fracture is healed, we will utilize corrective exercises to improve functional movement patterns. Our physical therapists at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are trained to provide an individualized treatment plan post-fracture that will help you return to daily and sport specific activities and your optimal level.

Possible Treatments for Fractures

For other treatment options, check out our chiropractic services for stress fractures.

Active Release Technique

Rehabilitation Exercises

Graston Technique

Frequently Asked Questions

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