What is trauma and fracture care?
Trauma and fracture care at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., includes treating bone fractures and other traumatic injuries to alleviate pain and help your injury heal properly.
You might experience a traumatic injury from:
- A forceful fall
- Physical assault
- An automobile accident
- A sports injury
- Older age
Seeing an orthopaedic surgeon at the first sign of a traumatic injury can greatly improve your chance of making a quick, effective recovery.
What are the symptoms of trauma and fractures?
Common signs and symptoms of a fracture or other traumatic injury include:
- Intense pain
- A deformity
- Bone puncturing through skin
At the first sign of an injury, ice the affected area and see an orthopaedic specialist right away. The severity of a fracture or other traumatic injury determines which treatment is right for you.
How are fractured diagnosed?
When you arrive at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., for an appointment, your doctor reviews your medical history, accident history, and symptoms. They examine the injured area and use imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or bone scans, to detect the type and severity of an injury and determine the best course of action.
What is the treatment for fractures?
Your personalized trauma and fracture care treatment might include:
Your doctor offers you medication to alleviate pain associated with a fracture or other traumatic injury.
Casting or bracing
You may receive a fiberglass or plaster cast to immobilize bone while a fracture heals. A functional cast or brace allows limited movement in nearby joints.
Your orthopaedic surgeon uses traction to properly align bones using steady, gentle pulling action.
Your surgeon places metal screws or pins in the bone through the outside of your skin, to hold bones in place while an injury heals.
Open reduction and internal fixation
Open reduction and internal fixation is a surgical procedure in which your orthopaedic specialist uses rods, screws, or metal plates to repair bone.
How long will my recovery take?
Recovery after a fracture may take several weeks or months to heal from. Your orthopaedic surgeon lets you know what to expect. After the bone heals, physical therapy helps you regain strength, flexibility, and optimal musculoskeletal function.
Don’t live with pain associated with a traumatic injury or fracture. Seek medical treatment right away. Call the specialists at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., today, or use the online appointment request feature.