Fracture Care Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clive, IA & Ankeny, IA

A fall or a contact sports injury can result in a painful fracture in your bone. At Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, with offices in Clive, Ankeny, and Indianola, Iowa, the experienced orthopedic specialists offer comprehensive fracture care on-site to protect the integrity of your bones. They provide in-office diagnostic testing, including X-rays, and they customize treatment plans to relieve your pain and stabilize your bone. Find out more about your options for fracture care by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you, or by requesting an appointment online today.

Fracture Care Q&A

What is a fracture?

A fracture, which is another term for a break in a bone, can range from a small crack to a complete break. You can fracture your bone lengthwise or crosswise in one place or several when trauma places too much pressure on the bone. 

Common causes of fractures are:

  • Falls
  • Violence
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Gunshot wounds

If you have an underlying condition like osteoporosis that causes bone weakness due to lost bone density, it’s also possible to fracture a bone without much force.

Two common types of fractures include:

Closed fracture

A closed fracture (or simple fracture) describes a broken bone that doesn’t protrude through your skin. There are several types of closed fractures:

  • Oblique fracture: A type of closed fracture that has an angled pattern in the bone.
  • Transverse fracture: A closed fracture that has horizontal fracture lines.
  • Comminuted fracture: A fracture where the bone shatters into three or more pieces.

Open fracture

An open fracture (or compound fracture) occurs when the fractured bone breaks through your skin.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

Many fractures cause immediate and intense pain soon after the injury. Pain may worsen if you try to move or touch the area surrounding the broken bone.

You may also experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Visual deformity of the bone
  • A snapping sound when the bone breaks

In an open fracture, it’s likely you’ll see a portion of your bone sticking out from your skin. This type of condition is a medical emergency and you need immediate treatment to prevent infection and other medical complications.

If you suspect you have a closed fracture, the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC offers on-site X-rays to confirm the fracture and then creates a treatment plan to prevent additional injuries.

What fracture care services are available?

The providers at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC focus on relieving your pain and stabilizing your bone through their fracture care services.

If you have a minor bone fracture, you may need to wear a brace, bandage, or cast to allow your bone time to heal naturally.

For severe fractures, the orthopedic surgeons may first need to place your bone back into the correct position and stabilize it with a screw, rod, or plate before applying a cast.

How long does it take to heal from a fracture?

The length of time you need to wear a cast depends on the severity of your fracture. Your physician at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC continues to monitor the healing of your fracture before recommending the removal of your cast.

If you have frequent fractures due to osteoporosis, your provider works closely with you to prevent additional damage to your bones. This may include making lifestyle and dietary modifications and engaging in physical therapy to rebuild your bone strength.

To find out more about the available fracture care services, call the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or request an appointment online today.