Bone Fracture Treatment
Whether you call it a broken bone or a bone fracture, it’s nonetheless a serious medical issue you should attend to as quickly as possible. The rigid structure of your bone can partially or completely fracture, usually from excessive force, trauma, or pressure, or even from debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. While fractures are some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries addressed at emergency rooms, the location, severity, and way in which it fractured (stable cracks, misplaced bone structures, or multiple shattered fragments) must be taken into consideration for developing a personalized treatment catered to your unique situation.
If any suspicions of fractures arise, we utilize advanced digital x-rays to help in evaluating and treating any broken bones you may be dealing with.
Common Fracture Types & Symptoms
Different types of fractures can occur and identifying which type you are experiencing is essential in figuring out the best treatment method for your condition.
The types of fractures most commonly treated include:
- Stable fractures: The simplest type of fracture treated, stable fractures are named accordingly due to the broken ends of the bone not moving out of place. On imaging tests, this fracture will appear as a line, with barely any to no space at all in between the broken pieces.
- Transverse fractures: These fractures occur when the fracture line falls at a right angle to the diaphysis (long part) of the bone. This generally occurs when the forceful blow impacts at a perpendicular angle to the site of the fracture and can result in displacement.
- Oblique fractures: Oblique fractures include those whose fracture lines are angled, but are not at 90-degree angles like transverse fractures. These types of injuries typically display a curve or slope within the fracture.
- Hairline fractures: Also known as stress or partial fractures, these occur when the fracture is not completely broken or separated into pieces. These tiny cracks and bruises usually result from repetitive activity or overuse of certain bone structures, as can typically be the case for many athletes and exercise enthusiasts.
- Comminuted fractures: With this kind of fracture, the bone breaks or shatters into three or more pieces. Comminuted fractures are more complicated and usually result from high-velocity impacts/injuries.
- Open (compound) fractures: When the broken bone piece(s) protrude(s) out through your skin, this is considered a compound fracture. The exposure of the bone and surrounding tissue can become contaminated and infected, so immediate medical attention is required.
The most common signs and symptoms to look out for when determining a possible fracture are:
- Immediate and persistent pain right after the injury
- Swelling and/or tenderness around the fractured site
- Hard, bruised lump where the site of the fracture resides
- Pain with movement or weight bearing on the fractured bone/joint
- Loss of mobility while trying to use/walk on the joint or limb
- Weakness or dizziness (particularly among cases involving the pelvic area or femur)
Advanced Technology for Accurate Diagnosis
We have the proper training and technology to determine the extent of your injury or fracture and develop the best treatment course for your certain situation. Along with a physical examination of the site of the fracture, our skilled staff will order imaging testing such as digital x-rays or CT scans to get a closer look at the affected area.
Using our advanced radiographic technology, our medical providers can determine whether the bone is broken or still intact, along with the type of fracture we are dealing with and the precise location of the crack or separation.
For a quick and reliable evaluation of a possible broken bone, call Excel ER at (903) 500-7321.
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