Every bone in the human body is susceptible to a fracture. Strong and resilient, our bones can withstand most significant forces without injury. However, if the pressure applied to a bone is too strong or the bone is weak in health, a break or crack in the bone may occur.
Cases where a bone breaks but does not damage the tissue or skin surrounding the break are considered simple or “closed” fractures. Cases in which a broken bone causes a break in the skin are commonly referred to as “open” fractures. Higher energy injuries have a higher risk of complication and are considered “complex” fractures. Complex fractures may require specialized treatment.
A broken bone is an unfortunate and painful experience that impacts every aspect of a person’s life. From the first visit to Inland Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic, our goal is to provide maximum pain relief and to help our patients return to a normal life as soon as possible. Through a collaborative effort with the patient and their treating provider, we will formulate a treatment plan that achieves those goals.
Treatment for fractures ranges from immobilization of the broken bone with a cast or splint to reducing the fracture by manually realigning the broken bone without opening the skin. Sometimes, surgery may be required to restore normal alignment of the bone. These surgeries often involve the installation of plates, screws, pins or other forms of hardware.
Appropriate treatment is based upon the nature of the injury, as well as your expectations and needs. Safety, quality of life, and returning to work or sports all factor into the decision-making process. When surgical intervention is required, our providers are well-versed in the most up-to-date, minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as the most appropriate post-operative rehabilitation protocols. Our goal is to get you back to living your normal life as soon as possible. Our healthcare providers are dedicated to delivering orthopaedic excellence.