Trauma is a common cause of visits to a physiotherapist. Both soft tissue damage (muscle, tendon and ligament injury) and a bone injury, such as a fracture, are common reasons. Depending on the type and degree of trauma, other parts of the body can also be injured, such as organ contusion, concussion, or a more serious injury. Traumatic Injuries can be caused by playing sports, a fall, or a motor vehicle accident, among other causes.
If you’ve ever broken a bone you know that after a fracture the recovery period can be long. After a period of immobilization, your cast is removed, but you’re left with stiffness, shortened and weak muscles, and loss of normal function.
Associated issues that occur with fractures are ligament damage and joint disruption. This may complicate recovery. Fractures may be treated with or without surgery; the use of internal fixation device to stabilize a broken bone may be required.
A soft tissue injury without fracture from trauma is common. For example, whiplash from a motor vehicle accident is a typical soft tissue injury without a fracture.
Concussions can also arise as a result of trauma. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which is often caused by a blow to the head. They are often seen after a car accident, a fall, and in contact sports. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, loss of balance, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Our clinics in Toronto provide concussion rehabilitation therapy (CRT) to help patients recover from concussions and return to their daily activites..
Whether you’re an athlete or not, our physiotherapy clinics offer tailored treatment plans to restore function, strength and flexibility to the injured area. We also address other areas of your body that may have been affected.
Treatment involves education, self-care management, exercise therapy, and manual therapy. All are commonly used by a registered physiotherapist to treat issues caused by a traumatic injury. Other treatments such as acupuncture, soft tissue release and massage therapy can also help. A registered physiotherapist can conduct a skilled assessment and examination of the spine and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traumatic Injuries & Fractures
What is an organ contusion?
An organ contusion, also known as a bruise, is a type of injury that involves damage to the blood vesesls and other soft tissues in organs. An organ contustion can develop after a fall or forcefull impact and may interfere with the functioning of the organ.
What is an internal fixtation device?
An internal fixation device is a set of implants, which can include plataes, screws, wires and rods, used to stablize the ends of a fracture or broken bone.
How do you stabilize a fracture?
Fractures are stablized into their normal alignment through surgical procedures and are then held toogether using a cast. Some may require an internal or external fixation device which use screws and plates to keep the bones in place.
What happens if a fracture is left untreated?
If left untreated a fracture may heal improperly, leading to malalignment, visible deformities and movement limitations. An untreated fracture can also lead to a nonunion, which mean the bone remains broken and you will continue to experieince pain and swelling.
How can you tell if a bone is fractured or bruised?
In order to determine if you have fractured or brusised a bone you will need to contact your physician in order to be referred for imaging. An X-ray will determine wether or not you have a fracture, whereas an MRI is needed to determine if you have a bone bruise.
What is the most common causes of a traumatic injury?
The most common cause of traumatic injury is motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of traumatic injury include falls, particularly in the elderly population, and sports injuries.
What is an acute injury?
An acute injury is a sudden injury that occurred as a result of a traumatic event such as a fall or a collision.
East Toronto Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Clinic - Greektown
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10 August 2023
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25 July 2023
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26 June 2023
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13 June 2023
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8 June 2023
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26 March 2023
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7 January 2023
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5 December 2022
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15 November 2022
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