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Ask the PT: Partial Weight Bearing Exercises

Westchester Physical Therapist

Dear WSPT,

I recently found out I need to have orthopedic surgery for an ankle fracture and I’m nervous about the post-surgical care. I want to stay active but I’m not sure what I will be able to do after surgery. What kind of weight bearing activities should I expect to participate in?

Thanks
Daniel

Daniel,

Thank you for asking.Following an injury or surgery, it is important to address weight bearing exercises with a physical therapist like us located in the Bronx and Yonkers. Such incidents place intense stress on your body, and gradual exercises of intensity will help restore unlimited range and accessibility of motion. WSPT is a key player in helping you develop a tailored plan for your needs so that exercises are laid out for your personal goals. Every patient has different tolerance levels for pain and ability, and subsequently, exercise routines are used to establish a right pace of intensity for each condition.

Partial weight bearing exercises are prescribed in preparation for gradual movement. Therapists work with you to gain full weight bearing access, targeting unlimited walking routines across the floor. “Full Weight” attributes to the ability of walking across a room, carrying and distributing weight in each leg alternatively. Partial weight exercises use aiding assistance initially and build over time at a manageable rate. This process allows your body to establish muscle again and re-learn how to properly use it when handling your body weight. At WSPT, our therapists are specialists in individualized aid for muscle management. You have a key role in your treatment plan so that you can achieve your goals to meet your wants as well as your needs. WSPT builds its services for individualized patient attention, and incorporates the latest aid technologies.

Our three office locations in The Bronx and Yonkers are readily available to answer your questions and set up consultation appointments to discuss your concerns. Contact us today to regain your strength and get back on the road to an accessible lifestyle!

Good luck. Let us know if we can help.
Daniel Seidler, PT

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