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General Fracture Treatment Explained By Houston Orthopedic Doctor

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

With 206 bones in the human body, it’s not too surprising that many adults and children experience a fracture at least once. A bone fracture can be as small as a hairline crack invisible to x-rays or as big and obvious as a full break in the arm or leg. You can learn the names of six common types of fractures here.

How Is A Fracture Treated?

Treatment depends on the type of fracture and its location. If the injury is a relatively minor stress fracture in the foot, for example, you may be told to take it easy, rest and ice, and perhaps wear a boot when you have to walk.

If the fracture is more serious, your Houston orthopedic doctor may use one of the treatments described below. Ultimately, the goal of fracture care is to restore the bones to their original position so that they can rejoin with new bone growth.

  • Cast/Immobilization. Casts are commonly used when a bone needs to be protected and fixed in place. Preventing movement in the injured area allows the bone to regrow.
  • Functional Cast. With this approach, some motion is allowed in nearby joints.
  • Traction Splint. A traction splint is used to stabilize and pull bones into place.
  • Internal/External Fixation. In more severe fractures, screws must sometimes be placed into the bone in order to hold the fractured pieces in place while they rejoin. External fixation may be used while the patient awaits surgery; internal fixation may involve placement of a permanent rod or plate.

Schedule A Fracture Evaluation In Houston, TX

At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, we treat both adult and pediatric fractures of all kinds. If you have a fracture or bruising/swelling/tenderness that you think might be a fracture, call (713) 756-5546 today to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment with a Houston sports medicine physician online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.