A fracture is a break in the surface of the bone. Sprains sometimes include an overlooked fracture.
Fractures usually happen when more force is applied to the bone than it can take. Bones are more susceptible to fracture when an appendage is twisted. Fractures can be caused by slips, falls, trauma, or a dropping object or blow to the body.
Fractures, however, can also be caused by diseases that weaken the bone, such as osteoporosis or cancer in the bones.
Symptoms of a fracture include:
Difficulty move an injured area or the adjacent joints
Bruising or redness
Fractures are diagnosed directly at the DOC. Our physicians use x-ray, MRI, and other digital imaging techniques to diagnosis a fracture. Some fractures are difficult to see by an untrained eye, which is why an orthopedic specialist should always be consulted.
Some fractures are treated by casting the affected area, but other only require a brace or support that confines the area to avoid movement and encourage healing. Some times medication is prescribed to control pain, and surgery may be needed to put certain types of broken bones back into place. Occasionally, internal fixation (such as rods or pins) or external fixation are used to hold the bone in place while healing occurs.
While orthopedic urgent care is the best place to start if you think you have fracture, you may have already been seen in an emergency room at a hospital or by a family physician or general urgent care center, and then were referred to an orthopedic specialist. The specialists at the DOC will determine the best treatment regimen for your franche and will even perform follow-up care.