Tom Willemann Health Tips

"Regular Health Tips From Physical Therapist Tom Willemann..."

Use the Form Below to Get Them All Sent to You for FREE

Navigating Recovery After a “Ship” Fracture

wrist held by a hand

A scaphoid fracture refers to a fracture of the wrist—specifically the bone shaped like a boat, which is why it is often called a “ship” fracture. A fracture of this bone can result from falling on an outstretched arm, sustaining a direct blow to the wrist or receiving a severe twist of the wrist.

For this reason, it is important to receive early diagnosis, treatment and physical therapy.

A scaphoid fracture treatment

If you initially suspect a broken wrist, see a physician immediately for an x-ray to assess whether your scaphoid bone is involved. Treatment depends on the location, fracture type and fracture location in the bone.

Because the scaphoid bone has an unusual shape, blood supply can be obstructed, thus slowing down the healing process. For those patients who suffer from delayed or poor healing, surgical intervention may be needed to ensure bone fusion.

If you undergo surgery, your wrist will be placed in a cast and then in a splint for several weeks afterwards to hold the bones in place as they heal. Once your cast has been removed, it is important that regular physical therapy be performed on a gradual basis, to enable you to slowly return to previous physical activities. For some people, this process may take one month while for others it may last longer.

Physical therapy facilitates recovery from a scaphoid fracture through exercises that promote stability, along with stretching and strengthening.

 

These exercises will help to:

  • improve your range of motion
  • reduce stiffness from immobilization after surgery
  • build strength
  • increase coordination

Personalized Physical Therapy Services in Paramus and Ridgewood NJVoted the Most Attentive Orthopedic Physical Therapists in Bergen County

Results-Oriented Back Pain, Neck Pain, Knee Pain Treatment and Solutions

Affordable and Personalized Physical Therapy Clinic serving Paramus and Ridgewood NJ


Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
Tom Willemann

Latest posts by Tom Willemann (see all)

Share This