Swelling & Pain
Part of the body’s normal response to injury is pain and swelling. Follow the simple steps below to manage your symptoms.
If you have an injury to your lower limb, you can return to driving when you no longer require the orthopaedic boot or crutches and are confident that you are able to do an emergency stop.
If you have an upper limb injury, you can begin driving when you are no longer using your sling and when you have sufficient pain-free strength in your arms.
If you have a follow up appointment with us please wait until your consultant or physiotherapist has given you clearance to drive. If you are in any doubt, do not drive until you have spoken to our team.
Work and Sport
Decisions to return to work are made on a unique basis and should be discussed with the Virtual Fracture Clinic, your GP and your employer. You may require a period of time off work and when you return you may need light or amended duties. The advice given will depend on your profession and your injury.
Advice regarding return to sport will be given during your telephone consultation.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
When you are less mobile you are at higher risk of developing a blood clot, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Some patients require medication to reduce this risk. The clinician who referred you to the Virtual Fracture Clinic will have considered this and prescribed if required.
If you develop signs of a DVT you need to seek urgent medical attention. The signs are:
For further information on DVT diagnosis and treatment you can refer to the NHS Conditions website.
Smoking with an injury
Medical evidence suggests that smoking prolongs fracture healing time. In extreme cases it can stop healing altogether. It is important that you consider this information with relation to your recent injury. Stopping smoking during the healing phase of a fracture will help ensure optimal recovery from this injury.
For advice on smoking cessation and local support available, please discuss this with your GP or refer to the NHS Smoke Free website.