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A Variety of Treatment Options for Closed Fracture Healing

By  aenriquez  published  October 2, 2018

Let’s discuss what a closed fracture is and then look at the list of treatment options.  Be open to choosing the best healing protocol for you!

Closed fractures are classified as “simple fractures” that do not puncture the skin.  Although the skin is not penetrated, soft – tissue injury can be acute and alternate treatments will be offered.  In some cases, surgical procedures may be imminent.

Mainly, closed fractures occur from sports injuries, car accidents, accidental falls and a severe hit to the injured area.

You are at greater risk for a closed fracture if you are elderly, have osteoporosis, smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol (which makes bones brittle), steroid use, or lengthily resting periods (which make bones stiff – causing increased risk of fractures).

Please note – not all closed fractures require an intervention.  Some can heal on their own, over time.

It is best to know which fracture treatments are available and which ones you prefer before making an informed decision.

When our doctor’s access treatment options, we look at these factors; age, what does our patient prefer and surgeon preferences (if need be).

Orthopedic doctors vary in their responses as to what form(s) will be best for your closed fracture.  Patients can appear to be in shock, so first, we ease their minds with simple reassurance and inspiration.  Next, we elevate the area (if possible) to reduce swelling and throbbing, along with keeping it still to prevent any additional damage.  We are extremely careful not to irritate existing injuries and will need to take X – Rays to ensure the extent of damage.  Doctors take into consideration the severity and recommend accordingly, avoiding surgery (if possible).

Some of the most common forms of treatment options are below:

Disable Movement:  some bone fractures do not require an intervention.  We classify them as “stable” and they can be monitored without immobilization.

Slings or “Walking Boots” might just do the trick in properly healing your simple fracture, where no further treatment is necessary.  When you force the fracture to stay stationary, for an extended period of time, you allow it enough of a grace period to heal.

Casts prevent further damage, hold bones in place and stabilize the alignment of the fracture.

Surgery is the last resort to fixing a closed fracture and would be utilized in extreme cases only unless pain is unbearable at the wound site.

At FXRX Orthopedics and Bracing, we offer medical fracture treatment for the following bones https://www.fxrxinc.com/fracturetreatment.html.

Our patients have many good things to say about our caring staff and state of the art facility.

“When I considered total knee replacement, like most people, I was anxious, but when I met Dr. D, he was very reassuring.  I did not feel rushed during our discussion or when scheduling surgery.  My surgery went very well.  I was up and walking soon.  I am walking my dogs again and feeling stronger in both legs.  I have respect for Dr. D not only as a surgeon but as a kind and caring person.”  Debbie R., Phoenix

Our staff is dedicated to providing the best care for you and your injury.

If you would like to schedule an appointment – you can do so here https://www.fxrxinc.com/fracturetreatment.html

 

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