Bone Fractures Treatment Clinic in Henderson, NV
If you or someone you love has broken a bone, or suspect they have, come to Sunset Hills Family Practice for professional care. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
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The body is composed of hundreds of bones that make up the skeletal system, the hard, sturdy structure that provides support for the body. While the skeleton is resilient and resistant to damage, when under the right circumstances a fracture (break) can occur. When a bone is fractured, the bone breaks, either into two pieces or with a crack in the bone. One of the most common treatments for a fracture is physical therapy, which implements strengthening exercises and mobility-enhancing stretches that facilitate healing, restore function and prevent further injury.
The main types of bone fractures are:
– Simple or Closed Fracture — If the broken bone remains within the body and does not push into or out of the skin, it is classified as simple or closed. Symptoms include intense pain, swelling & bruising.
– Compound or Open Fracture — With this type of fracture, there is a break in the skin where the fracture is located; the bone may have fully punctured the skin—becoming visible—which can cause bleeding and runs the risk of becoming infected.
– Incomplete or Partial Fracture — A partial fracture is an incomplete break of a bone whereby it bends and only partially breaks, versus separating into two parts. Because the bone did not break into two or more pieces, the prognosis for this type of fracture is very propitious. After having x-rays, the doctor will determine whether a cast is necessary, or if a splint is all that is needed.
– Complete Fracture — In a complete fracture, the bone has completely broken into two or more pieces; this separation can be classified into different categories depending on the position of the breakage:
– Transverse (break is perpendicular across the bone)
– Longitudinal (break is along the long axis of the bone)
– Comminuted (bone is broken into more than two pieces)
The type of treatment needed will depend on the type of bone fracture that occurred as well as the severity of the injury. In order to allow the injury to heal properly, a doctor will work to realign and set the broken bone.
A bone fracture, also known as a break or crack, is a traumatic injury to the bone that requires surgery or other medical intervention to treat. It most commonly occurs in the thinner bones, such as in the hands and feet, but also commonly happens in the limbs. A bone fracture is typically accompanied by sharp, stabbing or throbbing pain, a deep bruise, physical deformity, swelling and a hot and a cold sensation. When the injury is serious, a splint, cast, or other immobilizing device may be used to protect and stabilize the break.
As far as medical terminology goes, there is no difference between a crack and a fracture; they are two terms to refer to the same injury. “Broken bone” is the more informal term, whereas “fracture” is often used more formally and can be further described according to its characteristics, such as angulation, displacement, and protrusion.
Fractures are typically accompanied by intense pain at the time the injury first occurs; this pain can get worse whenever the injured area is moved and may be described as sharp, stabbing, throbbing or burning. In some cases, individuals can faint from the pain being so intense, especially if pieces of bone are visible through the skin.
In addition, you may also experience:
– Swelling, redness & bruising around the injury site
– A grinding or snapping sound
– Difficulty supporting weight with the injured area
– Visible deformity
Call us today to book an appointment at our bone fractures treatment clinic, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 2510 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 102, Henderson, NV 89074. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Henderson NV, Paradise Hills NV, Midway NV, Gibson Springs NV, and Winchester NV.