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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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