Bones are strong and designed to take strong impacts, but if too much force is applied or it is applied in a way that is not normal they can break. A break can be completely through the bone or just a crack. As well, joints, where two bones come together can dislocate. A broken bone, in medical speak, is a fracture. There are times that fractures can occur with less force such as in osteoporosis, cancer or other diseases of the bones.
We’re available Sunday-Thursday, 11AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM
EVALUATION OF BROKEN BONES
Bones show up on x-ray as bright white. If you think you have broken a bone and seek care you will likely get an x-ray of the injured area to determine the amount of damage. X-rays do not evaluate tendon, ligament or muscle damage, but we look for signs of disruption to these soft tissues on exam. Injures to these structures include: strains, sprains, and tears.
TREATMENT FOR BROKEN BONES:
In general, broken bones are treated with immobilization to hold the bones in the correct position so they can grow back together. At the initially visit we place a splint, which looks like half a cast. This gives the injury plenty of room to swell without worrying about losing circulation. Strains, sprains and tears of soft tissues around bones and joints
Sometimes, if the injury is severe enough, or you have a joint dislocation, we may need to put the bones in a better position to avoid long term damage, promote healing and improve pain. At ER Specialists Urgency Center our emergency physicians can use medications that make you sleepy enough that the procedure doesn’t bother you and you often won’t remember it.
After stabilizing your injury we will arrange follow up with an orthopedist and ensure you have a copy of your x-rays and adequate pain control for home.
If you are experiencing severe pain, you believe you might have a broken bone or bones, and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you. If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.
CALL WITH BONE BREAK QUESTIONS
Our staff is ready for you Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 A.M.- 11:00 P.M.
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