More than one million fractures happen every year in the United States. If this statistic includes you, seek treatment right away to increase your chances of making a full recovery. The experienced orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers in West Rogers Park and Wicker Park, Chicago, diagnose and treat fractures to get you on the road to recovery quickly. Schedule an appointment by phone or online with Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers at the first sign of a fracture.
Fractures are broken bones. You might experience a fracture from a sports injury, fall, car accident, overuse, or osteoporosis.
Fractures change the shape of your bone and often happen with high impact force. They commonly occur in the spine, wrist, hip, hands, fingers, ankles, and feet. If you experience symptoms of a fracture, seek medical care right away.
The following signs and symptoms often indicate a fracture:
If you suspect a fracture in any part of your body, the orthopaedic specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers review your medical history and symptoms and examine the affected area. They use imaging procedures, such as X-rays, MRIs, bone scans, or CT scans, to diagnose your injury.
The basis of your personalized fracture treatment plan depends on the type and severity of your injury. Your orthopaedic surgeon might recommend:
Immediately following a fracture, your doctor recommends applying ice to the area and keeping it elevated to minimize pain and swelling.
In the case of non-surgical treatment for a fracture, your orthopaedic specialist realigns your bone if necessary and places a splint, or fiberglass or plaster cast, around the injured area for at least 2-3 weeks.
Traction, which involves stabilizing, stretching, and realigning a fracture using traction tape or a system of weights, pins, and pulleys, might be necessary to realign a bone.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use platelets from your blood to speed up recovery without surgery or downtime.
If your fracture is severe, surgery might be necessary in order to make a complete recovery. Your orthopaedic surgeon makes an incision near the fracture site and might place plates or screws into the bone to realign it and stabilize fractured fragments. Your doctor stitches the area closed and immobilizes repaired bone with a cast or splint.
After a fracture heals, your doctor might recommend physical therapy with the onsite therapists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers to strengthen the affected area and accelerate healing.
Don’t let pain associated with a fracture linger and cause complications. At the first sign of a fracture, schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers over the phone or online today.