A fracture, or break, can occur in any of the bones of your body due to a hard blow, fall, accident or poor bone health. If a bone’s breaking point has been exceeded only slightly, then the bone may crack rather than break all the way through. If the force is great, such as during a football tackle, the bone may shatter.
If the bone breaks in such a way that bone fragments stick out through the skin, or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone, the fracture is called an “open” fracture. This type of fracture is particularly serious because once the skin is broken, infection in both the wound and the bone can occur.
In order to pinpoint the location and severity of a break, we will perform an X-ray and check for any additional injuries. Sometimes a broken bone can heal without surgery, with the use of a support, traction, medication and/or physical therapy. If your bones are out of place, surgery may be your best option.
Through surgery, we can align the bones exactly and hold them in good position while they heal. This can improve joint strength and help you return strong when you have recovered.