Fracture Care Specialists
The care and treatment of broken bones (fractures) is a fundamental aspect of our orthopaedic practice. A broken bone can impact every aspect of your life and our goal is pain relief and getting you back to your peak performance as soon as possible. No matter how you were injured, our doctors know how to best treat you and return you to a higher quality of life.
A fracture is a break of bone or cartilage, often accompanied by damage to the surrounding soft tissues. Signs of a fracture may include swelling, tenderness, and pain. In more severe cases, there may also be a deformity or an open wound. The goals of bone fracture treatment include restoring alignment, promoting bone healing, and return of function as soon as possible to prevent stiffness and atrophy of muscles. It is important to give proper care and attention to any potential fractures to avoid potential problems down the road.
Bone fracture treatment can be divided into nonoperative (cast immobilization or splinting) and operative techniques (internal or external fixation with hardware). Appropriate treatment is based on the nature of the injury as well as expectations or needs such as safety, quality of life, and return to work or sport. Most fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal but more severe (comminuted or displaced) fractures may take longer.
Types of Fractures
- SIMPLE (Single Line Fracture)
- COMMINUTED (Multiple Fragments)
- CLOSED (Skin Intact)
- OPEN (Bones displaced protruding through skin)
- NON-DISPLACED (Bones Aligned)
- DISPLACED (Bones Not Aligned)