Even though bone fractures are very common with over 1 million in the United States every year, misery doesn’t love company — they are still painful and traumatic. If you or someone in your family fractures a bone, you can receive top-notch care — right away — from orthopedic surgeon Mark A. Yaffe, MD, at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. Call today to book an appointment at one of their four offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
What is a bone fracture?
A bone fracture is simply a break in the bone. You may have a partial crack or a complete break, depending on the force that caused the fracture in the first place. Fractures are commonly the result of sports injuries, falls, car accidents, and other types of trauma to the bone.
Osteoporosis, which weakens your bones, can also cause fractures. Running and other overuse activities can cause stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone.
What are symptoms of a bone fracture?
The first sign that your bone may be fractured is pain. Other commons symptoms of fractures include:
- Deformity — your arm or leg may be at a strange angle or crooked
- Can’t bear weight on the affected body part
- Can’t move the affected body part
How is a bone fracture diagnosed?
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Yaffe conducts a gentle physical examination and takes X-ray images to diagnose the location and type of fracture. Other imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computed tomography (CT) scan may be necessary depending on the severity, location, and type of fracture.
How are bone fractures treated?
When you fracture a bone, it’s important to get it set in the proper alignment so it heals properly. Most fractures are set with a cast or splint for alignment and to keep the bone from moving. For more complex breaks, you may need surgery and traction.
Dr. Yaffe chooses your treatment depending on where and how bad your fracture is. In some cases, he may prescribe pain relievers.
Traction, a system of pulleys and weights to stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone, takes pressure off the bone so that it heals better and is less painful. Traction may be temporary, to help prepare you for surgery, or it can be part of a long-term treatment plan.
For certain fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign the bone. During surgery, Dr. Yaffe uses pins, plates, screws, or rods to hold the fracture in place.
Most fractures take several weeks to several months to heal, depending on the severity of the fracture.
A bone fracture requires immediate attention. Call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists right away if you think you fractured a bone.