A femur fracture is a break, crack, or crush injury of the bone of thigh. Femur fractures that are simple, short cracks in the bone usually do not need surgery. However, fractures which break completely through the bone, or cause the bone to be displaced or crushed, usually require immediate surgery. In this article, we will learn how to do femur fracture exercises for best rehabilitation.
The femur can be fractured in 3 areas: the head/neck of the bone (the upper end ), the main shaft of the bone, or the lower end near the knee.
Femur Fracture – How to deal
A femur fracture is a serious injury that is diagnosed in an emergency room. An x-ray or CT scan will help in confirming the fracture. Treatment of a femur fracture usually needs immediate admission to the hospital and surgery, as well as extensive treatment in the hospital or a rehabilitative facility. The majority of people who suffer a fracture of femur receive specialized treatment in a long-term nursing or rehabilitation facility.
Full recovery from a femur fracture can take from 12 weeks to 12 months; however, most people begin walking with the help of a physical therapist in the first few days after injury and/or surgery.
Femur Fracture Exercises – When & How to start
Sometimes at the time of examination, it is merely said by the doctor that now your bone is healing up and you start exercises at home. But the person gets confused about how to start exercises and when to do?
Learn how should start exercises after thigh fracture. Depending on the severity and complexity of thigh bone fracture, the healing period may range from 21 days to 180 days and more. Due to lying on a bed for such a long time, the tissues and muscles with support thigh bone do not have activity. This period is called a period of immobilization.
The thigh bone is supported by different muscles from all four sides. Front side, the back side, the inner side, and Outer side. In the rehabilitation period of thigh bone fracture, you should improve the strength of all 4 compartments. Anterior, Posterior, Medial and Lateral, which support thigh bone.
Femur Fracture Exercises:
Exercise No. 1
So in the starting first exercise, you should gently mobilize the tissues and muscles supporting thigh bone. Just lie down straight on the bed or exercise mat. Now flex your knee slowly and then gradually extend it to starting position.
Do the exercise in 8 to 10 repetitions three times a day.
This exercise improves blood circulation in the thigh and tissues get mobilized. This exercise also causes mild stretching of the muscles which support the thigh bone.
If you are also recovering from thigh bone fracture. Start your rehabilitation program with this first exercise.
Exercise No. 2
This exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the anterior compartment of the thigh especially. What you have to do is, just lie down straight on your back and place a towel or bed sheet roll under your knee.
You can also use readymade bolster for this purpose. But remember, it should not be too thick. Now press this bolster with the knee downwards and now release slowly. Repeat the process. Press downwards and release slowly.
Repeat this process continuously. Do not apply much force to press the bolster and press gently only. Perform this exercise in 8 to 10 repetitions two times a day. This exercise helps in improving the strength of anterior compartment or front side muscles of the thigh.
Exercise No. 3
After thigh bone or femur fracture if you are facing difficulty in sitting in cross the leg position or the position of palthi. Then this exercise is very helpful for you.
What you have to do is just lie comfortably on a bed or exercise mat or floor. Drag your leg laterally and go to the maximum range where you can go easily. Slowly bring the leg back to the starting position and close it.
Repeat this pattern continuously, and do this exercise in 10 to 15 reps. twice daily. This exercise helps in regaining the strength of muscles of the lateral compartment of the thigh. Along with this it also improves the
range of hip joint.
So you will be easy in sitting cross the leg for the position of palthi and your movement will also improve.
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