Falls and fractures

Not many patients are aware we are able to treat sporting injuries that include twists/sprains of the shoulders, wrists, fingers, hips, knees and ankles, corks, fractures and falls.

Osteopathic treatment can assist in reducing the inflammation and pain of the injury by improving the blood, venous and lymphatic flow to the area, but can also decrease the healing time and possibility of a recurring injury by working on what has caused it e.g. poor muscle balance or biomechanics.

Huge forces go into the body to break a bone, and naturally the effects will travel further than just the broken part. Plastered limbs are heavier and of course less mobile and can create a substantial demand on the body. A sling around the neck for a broken arm will also have its impact on neck and shoulder function, potentially creating effects throughout the shoulder girdle, and head and neck relationship.

Osteopaths assess the range, quality and symmetry of the movements of the human body, and using their hands, can gently free tensions and make things more comfortable after accidents and whilst wearing a plaster.

Wearing a plaster for 6-10 weeks will lead to a number of changes to the plastered area. Muscle wasting is common and needs careful exercising to restore strength. More importantly shortening of ligaments and tendons a) from the immobilisation in plaster, and, b) scarring around the fracture site can limit the range of motion that can be performed with the limb.

This is especially important in growing children after fractures. Growing so fast, any factors that can influence the symmetry and balance of the patient may quickly start to impact on the overall shape of the whole developing body. The sooner normal movement and use of the fractured limb is restored the better it is for the bone musculoskeletal system. Osteopathy can help address those musculoskeletal dysfunctions, improve performance and get you back moving optimally.

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Bolin DJ.

Published in the Pediatr Clin North Am. 2010;57(3):775-94.  PMID:20538156

The application of manual techniques to pediatric athletic injuries has been considered alternative medicine. There are many injuries that are associated with loss of normal motion. Altered biomechanics can be readily identified and treated using manual methods. These include articular or thrust techniques, muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, and myofascial treatments, among others. Although there are few high-quality studies available, most available literature reports effectiveness of manual techniques in combination with therapeutic exercise for common pediatric motion restrictions.

Haberl Franz-Josef

Compared to the control group, the osteopathically treated test group showed a statistically significant increase in performance capability. The experimental group was able to increase performance capability by an average of approximately 4.5%. Measured performance increased by an average of 8% among female and 5.5% among male test persons compared to the control group. Treatment showed a sustained effect in three out of five achievement groups, with a further increase in performance levels between the third and the fourth test. One achievement group of the control group also increased performance in this period. Evaluation of questionnaires proved that neither of the two groups was able to accurately self evaluate their performance capability. Apart from the low number of participants, the results confirmed that osteopathic treatment is able to enhance performance capability and improves the sustained effect of training.