Fractured ankle - Mark

Objective

Rehabilitation following a fractured ankle

Background

Dancing at a stag night six months ago, left Mark with a fractured ankle. He came to H2O Physio to speed up his recovery with three aims in mind – driving, golf and badminton.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed:kph, gradually increased to kph
  • Depth: mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 14

Outcomes

At the time, Mark thought he'd just sprained his ankle but after a restless night, an agonising journey home from Newcastle and a visit to A&E, a fracture was confirmed.

He underwent surgery to pin the bone and was left with limited range of motion and unable to bend his knee. Climbing the stairs was extremely difficult and, as an IT consultant, Mark had to work from home lying on the sofa with his ankle propped up for weeks.

Walking on the Underwater Treadmill helped Mark to get moving and loosen up his ankle. The water decompressed the joint and reduced the load, which allowed Mark to strengthen the supporting muscles.

Sessions were then finished off with the cold and compression cuff, which reduced any swelling and inflammation.

Four months after the accident, Mark was back on the golf course.