Fractures & Trauma

How we can help you

Bones are a complex and living tissue. They are composed of different layers that provide structure and support to the body. Fractures can vary in their location, severity, and complexity. Some common types include comminuted, transverse, and oblique fractures. Fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, including sports injuries, falls, and car accidents. Certain medical conditions like osteoporosis can also increase the risk of fractures. Fractures are diagnosed through a physical exam, X-rays, and sometimes more advanced imaging techniques like CT scans or MRIs. Treatment options depend on the type and severity of the injury and can vary from rest and immobilization to surgery and physical therapy.

Rehabilitation and physical therapy can help improve range of motion, reduce stiffness, and increase strength. Our trained and licensed physical therapists can tailor a program that’s right for you and your specific injury. When physical therapy is not enough, our team of orthopaedic surgeons will provide the best surgical options for the treatment of the most severe fractures.

Our fractures & trauma surgeons

Dr. Aaron S. Covey
MD, MBA

Dr. Ryan S. Charette
MD

Dr. Adam Q. Ferguson
DO

Dr. Robert C. Stockton
DO

Dr. Hudson H. Seidel
MD

Dr. Jon C. Driscoll
MD

Dr. Megan Wolf
MD

Conditions

The most common type of fracture is a closed fracture, in which the bone breaks but the skin remains intact. Closed fractures can be treated with casting or splinting, and then monitored to make sure the bone heals correctly. Open fractures, which are fractures in which the skin is broken, need to be treated promptly to prevent infection. In these cases, surgery is often required.

An open (compound) fracture is a more serious type of fracture, where the broken bone punctures the skin. Open fractures require immediate medical attention and can be very dangerous due to the risk of infection. Treatment usually involves antibiotics, surgery to realign the bone, and a cast or splint.

A comminuted fracture is a type of fracture where the bone is broken into three or more pieces. This type of fracture is usually treated with surgery to realign the pieces of bone, followed by a cast or splint.

An impacted fracture is a type of fracture caused by two pieces of bone being forced into each other. This type of fracture is usually treated with immobilization, such as a cast or splint, and pain medications.

A stress fracture is a type of fracture that is caused by repetitive stress on the bone. Stress fractures are usually treated with rest, immobilization, and pain medications.

Trauma to the bones can also occur. Trauma is an injury to the soft tissues around the bone, such as ligaments or tendons. Trauma can be caused by a variety of things, including falls, sports injuries, or even car accidents. Treatment for trauma normally includes rest, immobilization, and physical therapy.

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