FRACTURES

There are many different types of fractures. Some fractures are small, such as hairline cracks, and some are more complex, such as a bone that has been crushed and broken into several pieces.

WHAT ARE FRACTURES AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ONE?

Simple fractures may only require casting or splinting treatments, but more complex fractures may need surgical intervention and the installation of hardware to align the bones for proper healing.

Not all fractures are obvious. For example, some fractures are stress fractures, such as shin splints. These are tiny fractures that occur to bone from repetitive weight-bearing motions, such as dancing and running. Stress fractures may give you a feeling of soreness in the bone. You may find yourself limping, and the bone might be tender to the touch. Sometimes stress fractures can lead to more serious fractures, so it’s important to listen to the pain signals your body is giving you and seek treatment before the issue escalates.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR A FRACTURE?

In addition to diagnosing your fracture, the doctors at OASIS will classify the type of fracture you have in order to plan an appropriate treatment. Fractures are classified by a combination of general terms used to describe their features. A list of fracture classifications and characteristics can be found on the Education page.

Non-surgical treatment of fractures includes immobilizing the affected bone by bracing, soft cast, hard cast, or a similar treatment.

Surgical treatment of fractures depends on the type, severity, and location of the fracture. It may involve the use of internal fixation hardware, such as metal screws, rods, and plates. In other cases, it may also involve the use of bone graft or external fixation devices.

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