How to Work Out When You Have a Fracture

How to Work Out When You Have a Fracture

Broken bones can come with significant pain, whether you have a hairline fracture or a complex break. Even though it may seem like a good idea to avoid any activity while you heal, the exact opposite is actually true — once you get treated, you need to start moving again as soon as possible.

Dr. Eric E. Johnson treats fractures all over the body. There are several types of breaks, and they can vary in severity. However, physical therapy and exercise always play a vital role in the recovery process, so you can regain optimal function, build stronger bones, and avoid additional problems in the future.

Why exercise matters

Fractures can happen for a variety of reasons, but the goal of your recovery should include one thing: strong and healthy bones. And that’s precisely what exercise can help you achieve.

We often focus on how exercise is good for your heart and weight. However, it also plays a critical role in building and maintaining bone strength, especially as we age. That’s because regular exercise causes your bones to build more bone, which makes for denser, stronger tissue. But the benefits don’t stop there.

Regular exercise can also improve your coordination and balance — qualities that reduce your risk of falls and broken bones as you age — and increase your range of motion and strength.

As a result, exercising when you have a fracture can offer numerous benefits during the healing process, which can take an average six to eight weeks for a minor fracture and 20 weeks for more major breaks. In fact, studies show that people who do intensive resistance exercises for 6-12 months after surgery for a broken bone have a greater ability to rise, walk, climb stairs, and perform household tasks.

How to exercise when you have a fracture

The ideal exercise and physical therapy program varies from person-to-person, depending on the fracture and its location, and the individual’s current fitness level and overall health. 

In many cases, Dr. Johnson can provide personalized recommendations after treating your fracture. You can also expect to work closely with the physical therapist, who can guide you through navigating everyday life with your break and any related devices, like slings, canes, or crutches.

Even if your fracture requires mobilization or weight-bearing restrictions, you can usually participate in all forms of exercise, such as:

The main thing is that you may need to adapt some of your favorite exercises while you heal, depending on the location and severity of your fracture.

What exercises to avoid when you have a fracture

Again, your exercise plan really depends on your fracture and overall health and fitness level. However, there are general guidelines you can follow to ensure a safe and positive experience.

Common things to avoid when exercising with a fracture include:

Following Dr. Johnson’s recommendations and working closely with a physical therapist can guarantee you exercise safely and engage in activities that provide the greatest benefits for healing your fracture.

Are you ready to work out despite having a fracture? Tap into the skills and experience Dr. Johnson has to offer. Contact our office in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, to schedule a consultation by calling 310-206-1169 today.

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