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FIVE MOST COMMON BONE FRACTURES

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The adult body has 206 bones so it’s no surprise we are susceptible to mishaps.  It’s likely you’ve already experienced a fracture at some point in your life and know how this can be painful. Are you able to name the five most common fractures? Read on …

A COLLARBONE fracture is most common in small children and teens and typically a result of a sports injury. For many, a sling may be utilized to immobilize the arm while the bone is healing.

It’s not unusual to take a tumble over a curb or misplaced rug. The first reaction is to put our hands in front to protect us from the fall. Unfortunately, the WRIST experiences the brunt of the body’s weight and may result in a fracture. Wrist injuries are common in active children as well as seniors with balance issues.

A quarter of our bones are in our feet and ANKLES. There are many causes for an ankle break including stumbling, a twist or roll of the foot, or a trauma.  Particularly vulnerable are dancers, women wearing high heels, and sports enthusiasts of soccer, basketball, and running. Treatment may be as simple as a cast or boot, while surgery may be necessary if ligaments need reattachment.

Elderly folks are predominantly vulnerable to HIP injuries largely due to balance complications. Some hip fractures may heal with rest however surgery will help the fracture heal faster provided the patient is healthy. Severe fractures may even require a hip replacement.

A FOREARM injury can happen from an auto accident, a fall from significant height, or a trauma from a hard hitting object. The injury may even be severe enough to fracture the bone into small pieces.

In all of these cases, whether the treatment is conservative or surgical, physical therapy is important to rebuild strength and achieve an optimal result. Neglect of treatment may further exacerbate the bone if another injury occurs. Pain is not normal so consult your physician if you experience continued discomfort and swelling.

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates offers same day or next day appointments when needed at any of our three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.  Our physicians are Board Certified and you may view their profiles on the website at www.SOA.md   you may also make an appointment directly through the home page of our website or by calling 941-951-2663.

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A REASON TO CELEBRATE

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month … that may not mean much to you now, but very likely it will someday in your future. This year’s theme is living life to its fullest! An Occupational Therapist can help with common upper extremity and hand conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, or repetitive strain which could limit you from doing the activities you enjoy.

So what does an Occupational Therapist do?

After assessing your condition in collaboration with your orthopedic physician, we establish a treatment plan to improve flexibility and strength, recommend and fabricate an orthosis to support the joints of the wrist, hand, or fingers to reduce pain/swelling during activities, and educate you on joint protection techniques to reduce wear and tear of the joints during daily activities.

An Occupational Therapist may also help with rehabilitation after traumatic injuries such as fractures and tendon/nerve injuries. Most important, they provide customized, one-on-one care to help you achieve the best outcome.

What training is required to become an Occupational Therapist? More than you think.  While master’s and doctoral degree programs are common, some colleges also offer combined bachelor and master’s degrees in occupational therapy. There is a focus on general anatomy, the nervous system, physiology, movement, activity, and trends in rehabilitation techniques. A certification process must also be completed before receiving state licensure.

AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) describes an OT visit as:

  • Individualized evaluation where patient goals are determined by patient and therapist
  • Customized intervention to improve ability to return to daily activity
  • Outcome evaluation to ensure goals are met, or, changes are made to the plan

If you have a physical condition keeping you from living life to its fullest, the Occupational Therapists at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates can help. For an appointment, call 941.951.BONE or schedule through our website at www.SOA.md. We have locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Our mission is to get you back on your feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.