Bone Fractures in Irving & Southlake
A bone fracture occurs when there is any break in the bone. Conditions like osteoporosis can make bones more susceptible to fracture. In some cases, fractures can be very small, but they almost always cause a great amount of pain. Getting treatment as soon as possible will help keep damage to a minimum and aid in a quicker recovery time.
What Are Fractures?
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Bone fracture symptoms include:
- Pain from pressure and movement
- Muscle spasms
Other symptoms may occur in more severe cases where damage to surrounding vessels or nerves takes place. In these situations, receiving an evaluation and treatment quickly is very important. If left untreated, these types of fractures may lead to more severe consequences. Additionally, fractures that don’t receive treatment promptly and properly may end up healing incorrectly, leading to further bone problems and pain.
If You Suspect a Fracture
If you suspect that you’ve suffered a fracture, there are a few things you can immediately do to reduce further damage.
- Avoid putting pressure on the bone you believe to be affected.
- Take over-the-counter pain and inflammation relief medications, including ibuprofen, to reduce the pain you feel.
- If swelling occurs, apply an ice pack to the affected area.
- Call our offices to schedule an appointment (in severe cases, visit your local hospital).
Broken Bone Treatment
Bone fractures are typically treated by restoring broken bone pieces to their original position and then bracing or casting the fractured limb to immobilize it. In some cases, surgery may be required. The process of restoration is performed under regional anesthesia and healing times can vary depending on the severity and location of the fracture.
Once a cast or orthopedic device has been applied to the fracture, you’ll receive detailed instructions regarding proper care and activities to avoid while you heal. Additionally, you may receive prescription pain medication to take while you recover. You should follow all written and oral instructions to promote proper healing and pain management.