Proper Fracture Care Now Will Save You from Serious Problems Down the Road

On top of being painful, fractures can be down right inconvenient. No matter what the cause of the injury, you’re now looking at a doctor visit, X-rays, and a clunky cast. But all of these things are critical for managing your fracture so you don't have bigger problems down the road.

If you have an injury that results in a fracture, our skilled orthopedic specialists at Mehling Orthopedics can recommend the best treatment option.

Types of bone fractures

A fracture occurs when one of your bones either cracks or breaks the whole way through. This can happen in a variety of ways, such as a car accident, blunt trauma, or a fall. Symptoms of a fracture include immediate pain and swelling, as well as increased pain with movement.

There are several different types of fractures, including compound, compression, and stress fractures, and we treat them all.

Compound fractures are the most severe. This type of fracture occurs when the broken bone breaks through the skin, which creates a risk for infection. 

Compression fractures and stress fractures, although not as severe as compound fractures, still pose a risk to your long-term health if not treated promptly.

So what should you do if you suspect you have a fracture? The first thing is to get it checked out by our doctors at Mehling Orthopedics. You can expect to have an exam and an X-ray to confirm a fracture diagnosis.

So you have a fracture -- what next?

There are many treatments that depend on the severity of the fracture and where it’s located. Some of the treatments for a bone fracture include:

Casting is one of the most common treatments for fractures in the arms and legs. It involves the doctor applying a cast made of fiberglass or plaster. This helps keep the bone immobilized while it heals.

Long-term complications from untreated fractures

Untreated and improperly cared for fractures can lead to serious complications at the time of the injury and for the long term. If your fracture isn't set properly, the bones won't heal back together properly, which can lead to malunion or nonunion of the bone. This can lead to other complications such as:

Another serious complication of improperly treated fractures is compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure builds up within the muscles surrounding the fracture. This causes severe pain, and if left untreated it can lead to decreased blood flow and permanent muscle damage.

If you break a bone, fast treatment and immobilization can decrease your risk of these long-term complications. Contact our expert staff at Mehling Orthopedics today to schedule a fracture evaluation.

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