WHAT IS A FRACTURE?
A fracture is crack or break in a bone that occurs when force was applied that exceeded the bone's strength. Fractures are categorized by the complexity and type of damage done. Injury or trauma are the most common causes for Fractures, but Osteoporosis and aging may be the cause for most Fractures in older adults. Your Esse Health Orthopedic Surgeon will determine the extent and severity of your injury and determine the best course of action for your Fracture to heal as straight and as quickly as possible; what is referred to as Fracture Care.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Most patients are aware when an injury has occurred, but when should you see a doctor? If you experience intense pain after an accident or fall that increases in intensity with activity, you may have a Fracture. Swelling, bruising and the inability to bear weight are also symptoms. If your injury is extreme, you should seek emergency care, but if you are unsure of the extent of the injury, your Esse Health Orthopedic Surgeon can help.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Fractures can be confirmed by X-ray. If the bone is found to be out of alignment, further tests or surgery may be required.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Treatment focuses on immobilizing the fractured bone and suppling support for proper healing. Splints and casts can be applied in the office. If your Fracture is out of place and requires anesthesia to set, you may need surgery. Some Fractures require surgery to insert pins screws or rods for stability and promote proper healing. Most Fractures heal in four to six weeks, however, some may take longer.