Fractures and broken bones always require immediate medical attention. Our Urgent Care can provide treatment needed for a fracture, but the treatment will vary based on the location and seriousness of it. Some bone injuries may only need a cast, while others may require surgery. If you suspect you have a fracture, come to Our Urgent Care to be evaluated and receive proper treatment for your injury.
What type of bone fractures are there?
If you’ve suffered a fracture, our staff will first determine the type of fracture in order to administer treatment. Some common types of bone fractures include:
- Stable Fracture: This is the most common and simple type of a fracture, where the bone is broken but does not move out of place. If you look at it on an X-ray, it looks like a line, with sometimes no space between the two pieces of bone
- Hairline Fracture: this is also known as a “partial fracture”, these types of fractures don’t completely break or separate the bone.
- Open, Compound Fracture: Compound fractures are those in which the skin is broken along with the bone. Sometimes a piece of the bone comes through the skin.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Fracture?
The most obvious sign of a fracture is pain. Once a bone breaks, you can no longer put full pressure on the area.
Aside from the pain, fractures may also cause swelling, bruising and sometimes bleeding. Fractures that are near the joint might restrict movement.
Depending on the intensity of the pain or the location, you may also feel dizzy, look pale, or faint. This is especially true of fractures of the femur or pelvis.
Although a broken bone might be identified by observing or touching the area, X-rays are usually required to confirm the diagnosis. In addition, X-rays also show the type and extension of the fracture and help the doctor decide what type of treatment is best.
What is the Treatment for Fractures?
Casts and braces are the most common form of treatment for fractures. Most fractures create swelling, so it is necessary to treat them with splints to allow the swelling to improve before placing the fractured limb into a cast. Splints, casts and braces essentially immobilize the bone in the correct position so it heals on its own over time. If you have been treated with a cast or a brace, you might need to wear it for several weeks or months.