FOOSH Injury and Physical Therapy

Most times, you will try to balance yourself by stretching your hands. But sometimes, you may fall on your outstretched hand and feel a sudden jerk in your hand. This sudden jerk can cause severe pain and may lead to several upper limb disorders like boxer fractures and wrist fractures. In medical terms, this type of injury is known as a FOOSH injury. It stands for falling onto an outstretched arm.

Take immediate steps following a forcible injury

This serious injury can affect your ability to move your upper extremities properly. However, you can avoid serious consequences by taking immediate action. Perform the following steps immediately to avoid any serious consequences

  • First, don’t panic
  • Your affected hand should remain in a straight line. Don’t move it.
  • Follow the R.I.C.E. treatment (rest ice compression elevation)
  • For immediate treatment, visit your healthcare advisor
  • For rehabilitation, consult an expert physical therapist.

After a FOOSH injury, physical therapy

Boxer fractures, wrist fractures, radius and ulna injuries, elbow fractures, and upper-humerus fractures are some of the most common injuries that can occur when you fall on your outstretched hands. All of these fractures can be treated effectively with the help of an occupational therapist. After sustaining a FOOSH injury, a physical therapy professional may be able to help you achieve your range of motion, reduce swelling, and perform your daily activities as normally as possible. A physical therapist may be able to provide some equipment.

  • This course will teach you how to wear a sling properly and continue your daily activities.
  • Exercises that increase mobility and functional mobility.
  • The treatment for your pain and swelling
  • Scar tissue management after surgery
  • If you have vertigo, balance and gait exercises are recommended to prevent future falls.


Because most injuries can be treated with physical therapy rather than surgery, your physical therapist will be the first person to help you. Remember to follow the instructions of your physical therapist and attend your session promptly.

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