While people often wonder whether or not they’ve broken a bone or fractured a bone, the fact of the matter is this: it’s all the same. And, no matter what term is used, a fracture is a very painful injury and must be tended to immediately to ensure the proper healing of your bone.
After a bone fractures, it must be professionally set and immobilized so that the bone can remodel properly. Our board-certified orthopaedic physicians and pain specialists at Elmhurst Orthopaedics will set your fracture and provide you with specialized fracture care for your injury.
Common Types of Fractures
Some fractures are particularly challenging to care for and sometimes require surgical management. Some complicated fractures are:
- Open Fracture: Your bone has protruded through your skin
- Comminuted Fracture: Multiple fragments are produced by the break
- Intra-Articular Fracture: The break crosses the surface of a joint
- Pediatric Fracture: There are numerous reasons that pediatric fractures may be complicated. Their bones are not as hard as matured bones, and, as a result, children’s bones can bend and fracture partially, resulting in a greenstick fracture. Because of the porosity of their bones, they are also susceptible to compression fractures. Breaking the growth plate is also a particular concern in children.
Long Bone Fractures
These breaks are generally caused by high-impact trauma.
- Radius/Ulna Shaft
- Tibia/Fibula Shaft
- Femoral Shaft
Fractures involving your spine or pelvis are very serious and can be life-threatening. These fractures can lead to instability and can compromise your neurological abilities. Spine and vertebral fractures can be caused by osteoporosis, or brittle bones.
Hand and Foot Fractures
- Distal Radius Fractures
- Metacarpal/Metatarsal Fractures
- Phalangeal Fractures
- Scaphoid Fractures
- Jones Fractures
- Ulna Fractures
When you experience a fracture, our medical team at Elmhurst Orthopaedics is here to provide you with high-quality personalized care to ensure your long-term health. Our expert orthopaedic surgeons and pain specialists will provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a personalized comprehensive treatment plan, using surgical treatment as a last-resort option.