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The Importance of Prompt and Expert Treatment of Your Fracture

It’s easy to assume that you have to sustain a serious trauma to break a bone. However, not all fractures involve severe breaks or accidents. In fact, two of the most common causes of fractures include osteoporosis and overuse -- both of which can cause cracks or breaks in your bones without a traumatic event. Unfortunately, without proper treatment, even the smallest cracks can worsen, leading to more pain and reduced mobility with time.

At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Edward Dupay, Jr., specializes in comprehensive orthopedic care, including nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies. Here’s what you should know about fractures and why you shouldn’t delay treatment.

How fractures work

When you have a fracture, you have a broken bone. This type of injury can vary from hairline cracks to completely broken bones that penetrate your skin. Sometimes the cause of your broken bone is obvious, like if you fall or have a car accident. At other times, the reason is less apparent, like when you sustain a stress fracture while playing sports.

One thing all fractures -- including the smallest of breaks -- have in common is pain. They can also affect your ability to move the injured area. Additional signs of a fracture include bruising, swelling, and deformity.

Why treatment matters

It’s hard to ignore a severe fracture, especially if you have a significant break with exposed bone. These types of breaks receive initial treatment in an emergency room. During this process, a provider restores normal alignment to the broken bone and immobilizes it so it will heal correctly.

However, it’s equally important to seek medical attention for stress fractures and breaks caused by osteoporosis, even when there's no visible sign of deformity. 

Stress fractures

These types of breaks often occur when repetitive motion or overuse puts too much stress on your bones, usually in the lower legs or feet. Without treatment, these types of fractures can worsen, leading to more pain and tenderness as time goes by.

Osteoporosis

When you have osteoporosis, you have a chronic condition that weakens your bones. At least half of women with a hip fracture have already broken another bone. So if you do suffer a fracture from weakened bones, it’s essential to seek treatment to reduce your risks of more serious fractures, like a hip, in the future.

It can take several weeks or months for bones to heal properly. How fractures are treated varies based on their severity and cause.

How an expert treats broken bones

Dr. Dupay has more than 30 years of medical experience in orthopedic surgery. Under his expert guidance, his team can diagnose the cause of your fracture and its severity. Then they create a treatment plan that helps you avoid future complications, like reinjury or arthritis. 

A common treatment of fractures is a cast or brace to limit movement. Sometimes surgery is performed to secure bones in place with pins, screws, plates, or rods.

If you have a medical condition, like osteoporosis, Dr. Dupay might also recommend following a diet high in calcium and vitamin D along with a regimen of weight-bearing exercises to improve your bone strength.

For more information on treating fractures, contact our office in Fort Myers, Florida, by calling 239-256-8738 or by requesting an appointment online today.









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