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Although our bones are stiff, they are resilient enough to withstand a bit of outside force. However, when the bone receives enough force that it breaks, this is called a fracture. Fractures are extremely common in the upper extremities. Some occur only in the shaft of the bone, while other fractures may break the joint surface or even shatter the bone into more than two pieces (called comminuted fractures.)

Fractures are painful and usually need immediate attention. You may be unable to move the area and feel swelling and bruising at the site. Our most common way to evaluate fractures is with an x-ray. Occasionally, other scans such as a CT or MRI can give a more detailed evaluation of the damage.

How are fractures corrected?

The goal of fracture treatment is to control the pain and promote healing without complications. The affected bone needs to be realigned properly and then immobilized so that the body can begin to restore function.

Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may require splint/ cast immobilization or fixation: surgically-implanted metal pins that help the bone align properly.

Fracture recovery takes time. Broken bones may need weeks to several months for a full recovery. Your Ogden Clinic Orthopedic Specialist will monitor the process and gradually introduce other treatment such as strengthening exercises and rehabilitation.

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