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Orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation

After injury to the muscles, tendons, bones or joints, rehabilitation is often required to assist in recovery, especially after being in a cast or having orthopaedic surgery.

While in a cast there are also simple exercises and advice that you can follow that will help speed up your recovery.

Here is some advice and exercises that are often helpful.

PDF Document Short arm cast (cast not covering the elbow) (383 KB) – this advises on how to take care of your cast, control the swelling and maintain movement in the shoulder, elbow and fingers while your injury heals.

PDF Document Long arm cast (cast covering the elbow) (207 KB) – this advises on how to take care of your cast, control the swelling and maintain movement in the shoulder and fingers while your injury heals.

PDF Document Leg cast care and exercises (209 KB) – this advises on how to take care of your cast, control the swelling and maintain movement in the hip, knees and toes while your injury heals.

PDF Document Long leg cast care and exercises (197 KB) – Your leg has been injured and you need to be in a cast for a period of time to allow the injury to heal.

PDF Document Wrist and hand exercise after cast removal, the first 6 weeks (211 KB) – once you cast is off you will be a little stiff and sore. Here is some advice and exercises to start you moving again.

PDF Document Wrist and hand exercises after cast removal, after 6 weeks (192 KB) – once you start to move you will notice that the joints are stiff and the muscles are weak. Here is some exercises to get you moving better

PDF Document Elbow exercises in a Sling (206 KB) – Your elbow has been injured and that means you have to be in a brace and/or sling for a period of time to help it to heal.

PDF Document Elbow exercises after cast removal, the first 6 weeks (204 KB) – once you cast is off you will be a little stiff and sore. Here is some advice and exercises to start you moving again.

PDF Document Elbow exercises after cast removal, after 6 weeks (161 KB) – once you start to move you will notice that the joints are stiff and the muscles are weak. Here is some exercises to get you moving better.

PDF Document Shoulder passive exercises in a sling (237 KB) – Your arm has been injured and need to be in a sling for a period a time to allow the injury to heal.

PDF Document Ankle exercises after cast removal, the first 6 weeks (433 KB) – once you cast is off you will be a little stiff and sore. Here is some advice and exercises to start you moving again.

PDF Document Ankle exercises after cast removal, after 6 weeks (247 KB) – once you start to move you will notice that the joints are stiff and the muscles are weak. Here is some exercises to get you moving better.

PDF Document Knee exercises, the first 6 weeks (264 KB) – Your leg was injured and you had to be in a cast/splint for a while to allow it to heal. During this time your knee becomes stiff and your muscles become tight and weak.

PDF Document Knee exercises from 6 weeks (300 KB) – It has now been more than 6 weeks since the orthopaedic doctor was happy for you to start exercise and movement.

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