The trauma physiotherapy service works with patients who are in hospital in UHW and UHL following a trauma resulting in many types of injury including: fractures of bones, injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The trauma physiotherapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to rehabilitate patients to a level where they are able to go home.
For some general information on fractures and management, please click on the links below:
Recovering in hospital:
- Being active in hospital and getting up and dressed when you are able will speed up your recovery and can make your stay in hospital shorter.
- Eating a healthy diet will help with bone and soft tissue healing to improve your recovery.
- Reducing or ideally stopping smoking can have a huge effect on healing and recovery.
Recovering at home:
Once you are discharged home it is important that you continue to follow the instructions and exercises given to you by your physiotherapist in hospital.
You may be referred on for other types of physiotherapy to continue your rehabilitation. You may have physiotherapy at home or may be referred on-to musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy. If you have not been referred for further physiotherapy, this will be reviewed when you attend your trauma clinic appointment.
The links below contain some useful information on additional support for older people in the community and equipment hire from the Red Cross: