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Non-surgical Bone Fractures and Dislocations

Not all fractures can be corrected without surgery, but many of them can. Fractures can range from a minor problem to a serious issue, and every broken bone is treated with the upmost care. Our sports medicine specialists can diagnose and manage nearly every type of fracture and will refer care to an orthopedist if surgery is required. Sports medicine specialists are doctors who’ve received additional training in techniques for rehabilitation, injection therapy, braces, and others.

How are fractures treated without surgery?

castWhether surgery is needed or not, every fracture heals by immobilizing the bone and giving it time to reconnect and strengthen. This can be done with a boot, a splint, a cast, or a brace. A sports medicine specialist will work with you to determine which treatment approach is best for your fracture. In some cases, the bone may need to be set back into place or aligned so it heals properly.

What can I expect if my fracture doesn't need surgery?

After immobilization, you’ll stay in touch with your doctor to ensure the fracture is healing. As you recover, the goal of fracture treatment is to restore strength and preserve range of motion to the affected area.

Ogden Clinic sports medicine physicians use several different modalities depending on the patient’s progress and fracture type. Bone stimulation is one option that helps to speed up bone healing. It's an ultrasonic or electric currant that jumpstarts the healing process, causing the body to produce proteins that begin repairing cells at the injury site.

Most people who’ve endured fractures will need to begin physical therapy to preserve strength and range of motion. Our sports medicine specialists work closely with in-network physical therapists and your primary care physician – it’s a comprehensive approach that helps our patients get back to the activities they love.

Dr. Brett Martindale at Professional Center South is our nonsurgical injury specialist. Same-day care is available through OrthoExpress!

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