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Fractures

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

No matter the cause or severity, fractures require immediate medical care. Wisconsin River Orthopaedics in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of fractures. The team includes orthopaedic physicians who specialize in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. For comprehensive care for fractures, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Fractures Q & A

What are fractures?

Fractures are breaks in the bone. Fractures most often occur after an accident, such as a car crash, bad fall, or hard tackle. 

Though fractures may affect anyone at any time, athletes are especially vulnerable to breaking bones because of the extra stress they place on their body playing their sport. 

You may also be at risk of fractures if you have low bone density or osteoporosis. These conditions weaken the bones, making them more susceptible to breaks when doing everyday things.

What are the types of fractures?

The severity of your fracture depends on the amount of force placed on the bone. The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics classifies fractures into types based on the break, including:

Stable fracture

With a stable fracture, your broken bones are in near-perfect alignment.

Open fracture

An open fracture means your bone pierces through your skin.

Transverse fracture

With a transverse fracture, the break in your bone runs horizontally along the bone. 

Oblique fracture

An oblique fracture is a bone with an angled break.

Comminuted fracture

With a comminuted fracture, your bone is shattered into three or more pieces. 

How are fractures evaluated?

When you come in for a fracture evaluation at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics, you can expect a patient-centered exam. Your provider first reviews how you broke your bone.

Then, they evaluate your fracture and perform imaging tests to determine the fracture type. Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has an open MRI so they can get clear images of your fracture to determine the best treatment. 

How are fractures treated?

Treatment for fractures depends on the type of fracture you have. In most cases, the team places a cast to immobilize your bones so they can heal back together.

If your bones are slightly out of place, your orthopaedic expert at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics may first position the bones manually before placing the cast. Some fractures require traction, which involves gently pulling on the bone to improve alignment.

For more serious fractures, such as an open or comminuted fracture, the team may perform surgery. Types of surgery for fractures include external fixation and open reduction internal fixation. Your surgeon may use screws, plates, or pins to realign your bones for proper healing. 

It can take several weeks or months for a fracture to heal. Your orthopaedic physician refers you to the on-site physical therapy team to support the recovery process.

Call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or use the online scheduling tool to book your fracture appointment today.