Ashley’s Tibia Fracture Repair Patient Story
Ashley came to physical therapy in February just five weeks after a tibial fracture repair due to a car accident. After plates and screws were placed to stabilize her fracture, Ashley was unable to bear weight through her left leg for three months. During this time the rehabilitation team at Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics (CAO) utilized a variety of techniques including, Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT).
BFRT, is a relatively new procedure in the rehabilitation field that CAO offers to applicable patients. It was utilized to mitigate atrophy of the affected limb, improve muscle recruitment, healing, and reducing symptom production while completing lower-level. This unique intervention allows a patient like Ashley to maintain her capacity to tolerate load while in a non-weight bearing classification. The focus was also on decreasing pain and discomfort in the leg during this time.
Once cleared for weight bearing activities, Ashley put in a tremendous amount of effort completing demanding exercises focused on strengthening her leg and improving her range of motion. She was relentless in her pursuit of her return to her prior level of function. After completing almost six months of therapy with Jen Jones, DPT she has now returned to running, weightlifting at the gym daily, and hiking with her dogs.
Good Luck on all your future endeavors Ashley! We know you will do wonderful things. We will miss your presence in the clinic but are glad you are back to the life you want!