Joint Injuries and Fractures
There are many injury mechanisms for joint injury or fracture (broken bones) to occur. They can often be the result of a slip, trip or fall during which the impact causes damage or a because of a direct blow or twisting injury. Joint injuries are most common in the shoulder, knee and ankle often involving sports injuries in fit young people. Sometimes the effects of a joint injury can reappear years later when osteoarthritis develops. With fractures, in young people it is sometimes the long bones between the joints that take the impact and are broken. In older people, fractures are often at the wrist or hip, and may need a long period of recovery. Did you know that in New Zealand more than 3,000 New Zealanders break a hip each year? Some people can be at greater risk of developing a fracture, such as those who have osteoporosis, which is the loss of calcium in bone. If you suspect you have broken a bone, or that the supporting structures around a joint have been damaged, you should to go to the Accident and Emergency service at your local hospital or see your local Physiotherapist. Here at Mission Bay Physiotherapy we can refer you for further investigations, such as x-rays or ultrasound scans, which will help diagnose your injury. If you require a review by an orthopaedic specialist we are happy to recommend and refer you on to the appropriate person.