A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. Fractures can occur after a traumatic injury such as a skiing accident or a fall. However, broken bones can sometimes happen with no apparent injury, in what is called a “stress fracture.”
Broken bones are treated in a variety of ways, depending on the type, location and severity of the fracture. Most people are familiar with a closed treatment: using casts, splints or braces to hold the broken bones securely so they heal correctly.
Surgical treatments include the use of techniques in which wires or pins to hold the bone in position are placed through the skin without opening the fracture site. The fracture site may sometimes need to be exposed surgically so the broken bone can be stabilized with an implant such as a plate, screw, pin, rod or wire.
Fracture care often includes physical therapy to restore normal range of motion. Many of the physicians at Robinwood Orthopaedic have additional training and experience in fractures.
Use of tobacco or nicotine in any form such as smoking, chewing tobacco, and use of nicotine gum or patches significantly inhibit bone healing and increase the chance of a nonunion.
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