Bone Fracture or Break


Bone Fractures or Breaks

If you are suffering from the pain from a broken or fractured bone, you are not alone. Over 10 million Americans experience a fracture each year. At Orthopedic Centers of America, we want to help you heal properly by recommending a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who can properly diagnose your fracture and provide the best treatment so it will heal correctly. Skip the emergency room and call 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator who can coordinate an appointment with an orthopedic specialist with the experience and training you can trust to help your bones heal properly.

Most people believe there is a difference between a “fracture” and a “break” when thinking about the severity of a bone injury. However, orthopedic surgeons use both words interchangeably to mean the same thing. Instead, the severity of the injury is described as either a complete fracture/break (when the bone snaps into two or more parts) and an incomplete fracture or break when the bone cracks but does not break into separate parts.

An “open” fracture is one in which the skin is broken, and the wound penetrates to the broken bone. A “Open, Compound” fracture is one in which the skin is pierced by the bone, but the bone may or may not be visible.

Anytime you have a fracture, it is important to see an orthopedic surgeon, and Orthopedic Centers of America can help. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator for an appointment and rest easy knowing that an expert will develop a personalized treatment plan to help restore you to your normal activities. The call is free and the best call that you can make.

Causes of Bone Fracture or Break

The most common reasons that a fracture or break occur are:

  • Trauma – sports activity and accidents of any kind may cause a fracture
  • Overuse – when repetitive movements are made either in the job or in a hobby, the supporting muscles tire. In such cases, as more force is applied on the bone, either a stress fracture or a common fracture may occur.

Symptoms and Risks of a Fracture or Break

You may have a fractured or broken bone if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Inability to perform normal activities
  • Possibly a loss of feeling or numbness


In many cases, when a bone is broken, the surrounding tissue such as skin, blood vessels, nerves and/or muscle may have sustained an injury as well, making it important to see an orthopedic specialist to evaluate the amount of damage that was sustained.

Sometimes bones do not heal (nonunion) or they take too long to heal (delayed union). If the bones are not realigned correctly, then damage may occur to blood vessels and/or nerves, exacerbating the problem. In many of these cases, osteoarthritis can add pain to the already compromised situation.

In other cases, the bones in a joint may become separated. This is called a dislocation and happens frequently with shoulder joints, although it can happen with any joint in the body. If the bones are only partly out of position, it is called a subluxation.

Nonsurgical Treatment of Bone Fracture or Break

Basically, the fractured (or broken) bone heals in three distinct stages: Inflammatory, Repair, and Remodeling. A cast or a brace will be used to keep activity limited and provide the rest needed for the non-surgical healing process.

  • Inflammatory – The inflammatory stage is the stage in which the body removes the damaged bone fragments and blood that leaked from broken blood vessels surrounding the site of injury and provides an increase in the circulatory blood flow to the damaged area so that fluids may enter.
  • Repair – When the body begins the repair process, soft bone is generated to knit the bones back together. This soft bone will usually very fragile and can easily be damaged again.
  • Remodeling – This is the stage of healing in which the body adds calcium to the bone to provide the strength and stiffness it needs to be used in normal activities.

The treatment of a fractured bone will be determined according to the severity of the injury. The immediate treatment that you can apply at home has a mnemonic device to help you remember how to take care of an injury – PRICE – which stands for

P – Protect

R – Rest

I  – Ice

C – Compression

E – Elevation

At Orthopedic Centers of America, we want to help you heal from a fractured bone. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator today and receive an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who accurately diagnose your fractured bone and discuss a treatment plan with you.


Surgical Treatment of Bone Fracture or Break

Sometimes a cast is all that is needed to engage the body’s healing mechanism. However, there are situations that require surgery to properly “set” the bone and keep the bone in the correct position. Bone Fracture Repair is a surgical procedure in which the orthopedic surgeon uses screws, pins, rods and/or medal plates to hold the bone in place while it heals. To accomplish this, the surgeon will make an incision at the place of injury and repair both the bone and any blood vessels that may have been damaged. The incision will be closed with staples and wrapped in a dressing before the casting procedure.

At Orthopedic Centers of America, we can help you find an orthopedic surgeon for the times when you may unexpectedly experience an injury. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator and take care of yourself by having an expert diagnose and treat your fractured bone. The call is free, and you will be happy that you decided to call.

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