Fracture Care

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Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Reading, PA

Whether it’s a stress fracture from playing sports or a broken bone from an accident, fractures are among the most familiar injuries for many people. The skilled team at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates in Reading, Pennsylvania, specializes in fracture care. If you suspect you may have a fracture, call or book an appointment online right away for prompt medical care.

Fracture Care Q & A

What is a Fracture?

A fracture is another name for a broken bone. There are many types of fractures, including:

  • A stable fracture where the broken ends of the bone line up properly
  • An open or compound fracture that causes bones to protrude through the skin
  • A comminuted fracture that causes the bone to shatter into three or more pieces

A stress fracture is a common sports injury that involves a tiny crack in the bone rather than a complete break. Stress fractures often result from overuse in repetitive activities such as running.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Fracture?

Pain that occurs at the time of injury is the most common symptom of a fracture. Swelling and bruising often develop soon after. Another sign of a fracture is a visible deformity. You may be able to tell that your bone is out of position just by looking at it.

If you suspect you may have a fracture, you should schedule an appointment at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates right away.

Open fractures are a medical emergency. You should go directly to the emergency room if you have an open fracture that causes the bone to poke through your skin.

What Causes Fractures?

Although bones are rigid, they do bend slightly to absorb pressure. However, when the force is too great for them to bear, bones may break. The type and severity of your fracture depends on the force or injury that caused it.

Common causes of fractures include:

  • Trauma such as a fall, accident, or direct contact
  • Medical conditions such as osteoporosis
  • Overuse from repetitive motions such as running

The team at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates offers high-quality fracture care for all types of injuries and conditions.

How Do You Diagnose and Treat Fractures?

First, your provider at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take an X-ray to confirm you have a broken bone and evaluate the severity of your condition.

Then, they recommend the best course of treatment for your particular needs. Fracture treatment typically includes:

  • Re-aligning the bone if needed
  • Immobilization with a cast or brace
  • Support with surgically inserted rods and screws

Recovery from a fracture may take several weeks to several months. The team at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates works with you to create a personalized fracture rehabilitation plan so you can resume normal activities as quickly as possible.

For expert diagnosis and treatment of fractures, call Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online today.

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