We side a wide variety of fractures from a variety of age groups. The most common fracture type seen would be a neck of femur fracture. Other common fractures would be ankle, tibia, femur, wrist, shoulder and spinal fractures. We also see a number of soft tissues injuries like ligament and tendons repairs and we see joint infections requiring surgery.
The role of the physiotherapist:
The role of the physiotherapy on the orthopaedic ward consists of early mobilisation considering weight bearing status. We use a certain aids to help assist the patient in achieving early mobility. We also start patients on their rehabilitation journey by providing exercises and advice and assessing on whether a patient is suitable for discharge or if they will require further rehabilitation at one of our rehab facilities
Additional Physiotherapy services:
Patients under the orthopaedic and ortho-geriatric services have access to a wide range of services. All patients will receive follow up by the orthopaedic consultant via the fracture clinic and will be referred to outpatient physiotherapy from there if required. Patients that are not ready for discharge home will have access to the rehab facility in the south infirmary hospital or will be provide with an option of going home with community supports where deemed suitable by the medical team.
Access to the service:
Follow up orthopaedic services are organised through the fracture clinic where the patient will be linked in with the outpatient physiotherapy team to continue their rehabilitation