Fractures can occur in any bone in the body, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. If you or a loved one experience a cracked or broken bone, Edward R. Dupay, Jr., DO, and his team can help you recover and restore maximum function to the affected body part. With over 30 years in practice, Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A, continue to provide patients with the highest quality orthopedic care. To schedule your next-day appointment, call the office in Fort Myers, Florida, or book online today.
A fracture is a cracked or broken bone. Symptoms of a fracture include:
The severity of a fracture depends on the force that caused the injury. Not all bones fracture the same. Some fractures result in cracks in the bone, while others break all the way through.
Not all broken broken bones break through the skin. When a bone fracture occurs with no damage to the surrounding skin, it's called a closed fracture. Patients can also experience open fractures that penetrate the skin and compound fractures that pose the risk of infection.
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone caused by repetitive force and overuse. Stress fractures are most common in the lower legs and feet. Stress fractures cause pain and tenderness that gradually worsens over time.
Bones slowly adapt to increased stress, but too much intensity too quickly can leave you at a higher risk for fracture.
Although most fractures are caused by an injury, that isn’t always the case. To diagnose your fracture, your doctor performs a physical examination and takes X-rays of the injured area. An MRI may also be performed to get a better look at your condition.
Your doctor discusses with you or a loved one the details of your injury as well as your medical history. Certain underlying conditions can weaken the bones, leaving you at a higher risk of fracture.
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that causes the bones to weaken. It can develop in anyone, but women are more likely to develop the condition. Age also increases the risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is caused by a number of factors, including development, diet, and genetics.
Fractures can also be caused by overuse. Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive motions that place more force on bone.
Treatment for severe fractures typically begins in the emergency room. Bone fractures are most commonly treated through immobilization. This method uses splints, or a plaster or fiberglass cast. Once the fracture has been properly repositioned, the cast is applied to limit movement of the fracture and promote healing.
Some fractures require surgery for the placement of plates, rods, and screws. These internal devices are typically required for severe fractures.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help ease the recovery process. Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe you medication to help reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often required to help patients regain mobility once the bone begins to heal.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a bone fracture, book your next-day appointment by phone or online today.