Fracture Care

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. Dr. Reed of Joint Implant Surgeons has additional training and experience in fractures.

Pediatric Fracture Care

Children are very energetic individuals and with increased activities, run the higher possibility they may take a fall or take a tumble. Although most falls are usually harmless, if a child impacts a surface with enough force the underlying bone may fracture.

A fracture is a break in a bone. Most bones in the body, given the correct circumstances, have the potential to break. Since bones provide the firm structure of a limb, a fracture may deform the limb and cause the associated muscle to no longer properly work leading to loss of function

Most fractures follow a predictable manner that is related to the initial mechanism of injury. In addition to breaking, the ends of the fracture may move away from each other (displacement), bend at the site of the fracture (angulate), or rotate in relation to one another.

Common locations of fracture in children include:
Hand (metacarpals or phalanges)
Wrist (distal radius or ulna)
Forearm (radial or ulnar shaft)
Elbow (distal humerus and its condyles)
Thigh (femoral shaft)
Leg/shin (tibial shaft)
Ankle (distal tibia or fibula)
Foot (metatarsals or phalanges)

Sports Medicine

The unfortunate consequence of an active lifestyle is the risk of injury. There are two types of injuries: Acute (Traumatic) Injuries and Chronic (Over-use) Injuries. If an injury requires you to stop involvement in your sport, you should be evaluated by a physician. The most common types of injuries are:
  • Acute Injuries
    ACL tears
    Meniscus tears
    Cartilage injuries
    Muscle/Tendon strains
    Shoulder labral tears
    Shoulder dislocations
  • Chronic Injuries
    Rotator Cuff tears


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