A fracture is more commonly referred to as broken bone. At Ogden Clinic in Utah, our orthopedic specialists are familiar with a variety of fractures and the best way to treat them. The most common types of fractures that we see include breaks in the clavicle, wrist, hip, and ankle. When a fracture occurs a person will notice bruising, swelling, tenderness, or a deformity (where a limb looks out of place) around the injury. Fractures occur for a variety of reasons, including:
When patients come into Ogden Clinic for fracture treatment, one of our orthopedic specialists will generally use one of the following forms of treatment, depending on the location and severity of the fracture.
This type of treatment is only used with certain kinds of fractures. A functional brace or cast still allows nearby joints some movement, while keeping the fractured bone in place during the healing process.
The most common type of fracture treatment is cast immobilization with a cast made of fiberglass or plaster.
During an external fixation the broken bone is held together by metal pins or screws that are placed above and below the fracture, and then attached to a metal bar outside of the skin. The metal bar stabilizes the fracture while the bones heal.
With an internal fixation, the patient’s bones are repositioned into their normal alignment and then held to together with screws or metal plates. Sometimes the bone fragments are held together with a metal rod inserted through the marrow space in the center of the bone.
Traction is used for less severe fractures and works to align broken bones through gentle, yet steady pulling motions.
Don’t let your fracture go untreated! If you believe you fractured a bone during a recent injury, then come to Ogden Clinic today to meet with one of our orthopedic specialists in Utah.