Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Carmel, NY & Newburgh, NY
The average person experiences two bone fractures during their lifetime. If you break a bone, the experts at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group will treat you with the best care needed to heal your injury so you can return to normal activities quickly. There are offices in Carmel, Newburgh, Mount Kisco, and Fishkill, New York, with an additional location in Danbury, Connecticut. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Fracture Treatment Q & A
What are fractures?
A fracture is a broken bone. There are many types and patterns of fractures, with the most common including:
A nondisplaced fracture is a break in which your bone doesn't move out of position.
A displaced fracture is a break in which the broken parts of the bone move out of position.
Open (or compound) fracture
An open (or compound) fracture is a badly displaced bone that breaks through your skin.
A comminuted fracture has at least two separate bone breaks, separating your bone into at least three pieces.
A transverse fracture has a line straight across your bone.
An oblique fracture is an angled bone break.
Stress fractures are different from most other forms of fractures because they usually develop over time instead of from one specific trauma, and many do not cause severe symptoms right away.
Vertebral compression fractures
Vertebral compression fractures are cracks in the bones of your spine and osteoporosis is often the cause.
Bone fractures of any type require treatment from the bone specialists at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group.
What is fracture treatment?
Fracture treatments allow a broken or cracked bone to heal with opitmal condition and function. The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, use a wide variety of techniques and protocols to heal your bone and return you to full function.
What does fracture treatment involve?
You'll have an X-ray and possibly other imaging such as an MRI, in the on-site diagnostic imaging lab, then your orthopaedic specialists immediately review this information and make a diagnosis. They'll explain the best treatment approach for full fracture healing.
Many fractures require immobilization with a brace, cast, or another device. Depending on fracture severity, you may need surgery to realign the affected bone and position it for healing.
In some cases, your surgeon may install fixation devices, such as, metal screws and plates, to keep your bone aligned as it heals. As you recover, you may need physical therapy to help you grow stronger and more flexible.
What are the signs that I have a fracture?
There are several signs that you may have a bone fracture if you recently sustained a fall, injury, or trauma, including:
- Severe pain
- Inability to bear weight on the affected bone
- Change in joint or limb shape
It's important to seek out help instead of ignoring your injury if there is the possibility of a fracture. Although many bones can heal on their own, the first couple of days after the injury are critical to making the diagnosis and initiating the best treatment. With customized fracture care, you can heal and return to normal in the fastest time possible.
If you have an injury and suspect you may have a fracture, call Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, or request an appointment online.