At least 6 million Americans suffer bone fractures annually. Whether your fracture is the result of osteoporosis, accidental injury, motor vehicle accident, or some other incident or issue, the bone fracture specialists at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, can help. The board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons take care of virtually any type of fracture from their comfortable, state-of-the-art office in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Book your appointment by calling the office now.
A fracture is a broken bone. Fractures may occur in any bone in your body, with the most common sites being the arms, legs, spine, hip, and pelvis. There are several forms of fractures, including:
A stable fracture occurs when the two bone sections still line up. A stable fracture is only very slightly out of place, and will commonly heal cleanly without surgical intervention.
An open, or compound, fracture occurs when you have broken skin along with the broken bone. In the most severe cases, the bone may break through your skin.
An oblique fracture is an angled break in the bone.
A comminuted fracture is a severe break in which the bone shatters into more than two sections.
All fractures require care, so it’s important to recognize fracture symptoms and come into Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, as soon as possible when issues occur.
Most bone fractures cause obvious symptoms, including:
Some types of fractures aren't obvious, though. For example, stress fractures — small cracks in a bone caused by repeated stress — may not display obvious immediate symptoms because this type of fracture slowly weakens your bone to cause problems over time.
There are many causes of fractures, including:
Sports fractures can affect your arms, legs, spine, pelvis, hips, and other areas.
Spine, arm, and leg fractures are particularly common in motor vehicle accidents.
Bone diseases like osteoporosis weaken your bones, leaving you far more vulnerable to fractures in areas like the spine. Osteoporosis causes 1.5 million fractures every year. Arthritis can also attack your joints, weakening the bone to leave you vulnerable to fractures.
Fractures can also happen in other ways, including falls, on-the-job accidents, and other situations.
Uncomplicated fractures may simply require immobilization with a splint, brace, or cast. But, with more complicated fractures, you may need surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon can use internal or external fixation — screws, plates, and pins — to help your bone remain in place as it heals.
If you have a nonunion fracture — one that doesn’t heal despite treatment — you may need additional specialized fracture care, such as ultrasound therapy, bone grafting, or other measures to ensure optimal recovery.
With all kinds of bone fractures, physical therapy plays a big role in recapturing strength and normal range of motion.
If you fear a fracture, book your appointment at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, by calling the office.