Ankle Fusion Surgery - Jack

Objective

Rehabilitation following a broken ankle which resulted in ankle fusion surgery

Background

Having fallen from a tree and broken his ankle some years ago, Jack Moody suffered ongoing problems with it and eventually had ankle fusion surgery.

Mobility was extremely poor due to pain and limited movement and he also needed to wear an air cast boot.

Programme

  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31º
  • Speed: 2.0 to 2.5kph
  • Depth: 1200mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forward
  • Number of Sessions: 6

Outcomes

Jack was given an individual programme of underwater treadmill sessions combined with Game Ready cold and compression therapy to loosen up his ankle and reduce inflammation.

Jack has had six sessions so far and already enjoys 40% improvement in his ankle flexion and extension. He can walk further, in a lot less pain and no longer uses the air cast boot.

A key objective in Jack's treatment was to prevent any long-term damage to his spine, knees and hips, which may arise from walking difficulties.