Fractured bones are one of the most painful conditions that someone could go through. Any bone in the body could suffer such trauma. Its causes are usually rooted on traumatic incidents, like car accidents, or on medical conditions like osteoporosis and different types of cancer. There are five types of fractures which are divided based upon the severity of the damage. A stable fracture is considered the first degree of all fractures and it happens when the broken ends of the bones line up. Secondly, a fracture is considered open or compound when the skin is affected as well as the bone. Transverse fractures occur when a strong force is applied perpendicular to the long axis of the bone, and so the fracture ends up being perpendicular as well. We consider the fracture to be oblique if it is diagonal to the bone’s long axis. Lastly, a comminuted fracture, which is the highest degree of all of them, occurs if the bone has been shattered into 3 or more pieces.
Common causes for fractures:
• Medical Conditions
At South Miami Walk-In Orthopedics and Sports Medicine we offer comprehensive care solutions for patients suffering from fractures. We count on the vast experience of our doctors who work meticulously to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for our patients. In general, our procedure includes examining the affected area in close detail and designing a personalized plan of treatment that maximizes the chances of a proper and fast recovery.
Unlike other pain treatment, medications form an integral part of fracture treatment process as the pain is generally intense and unbearable for the patient. These medications include antibiotics, painkillers etcetera. Pain killers are generally prescribed to reduce pain, while antibiotics serve as prevention of any infection and promote blood circulation. However, these should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor and subsequent follow-ups should be scheduled in order to measure the effectiveness of the medications.
As fractures give acute pain and no mobility to the affected area whatsoever, they usually require emergency treatment. To protect the affected area from further damage, a splint is put against the area to avoid bending or pressurizing the area. If there is bleeding, then pressure is first applied to stop the bleeding followed by elevating the fracture.
To treat fractured bones, the displaced or broken bones must be put into their right places and held together to let them heal on their own which is usually accelerated by medications and therapy. Setting a bone in its place is called reduction. Repositioning a bone without performing a surgery is referred to as closed reduction, and repositioning it surgically is called open reduction.