Fractures Q & A
What is a fracture?
A fracture is a break in a bone that typically occurs after direct trauma, like a fall or from sports-related injuries. You can also develop bone fractures due to overuse injuries and excess stress on your bones from high-impact activities.
If you have underlying health issues, like osteoporosis, that affects the health and strength of your bones, and you may be more susceptible to fractures, even during low-impact, everyday activities.
Fractures can develop in any of your bones and are most common in the bones of your:
You can also fracture the small bones of your wrist, fingers, and toes.
Fractures have two classifications. A closed fracture doesn't involve a break in the skin. In an open or compound fracture, the bone break is severe enough to cause your bone to protrude through the skin.
What are the symptoms of a fracture?
If you have an open fracture, you need immediate medical attention to control bleeding and prevent infection.
A closed fracture can cause symptoms like:
The affected area may become numb, or you may experience a tingling sensation. A closed fracture can also be severe enough to cause a noticeable deformity in the affected bone.
What treatments are available for fractures?
The skilled orthopedists at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC offer on-site diagnostics, like X-rays and CT scans, to accurately identify bone fractures.
Open fractures require urgent medical care that usually involves surgery to realign the bone to ensure proper healing. Some fractures involve the placement of metal plates or screws to hold the bone in the correct position.
You likely will need a cast to immobilize the affected bone while it heals, depending on the area of your injury.
Closed fractures may not need surgery, especially when the bone hasn't moved out of alignment. You may need a cast or a brace to keep the bone stable while it heals naturally.
The team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC provide comprehensive fracture care and create custom treatment plans to manage your pain and protect your mobility.
Following surgery or a period of immobilization, you may need physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your bones.
If you suspect you have a fracture and need an accurate diagnosis, call to schedule a consultation today at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC or use the online booking feature.