A fracture usually refers to a broken bone, commonly the result of an accident, fall, or sports injury. Orthopedic surgeon Apurva Dalal, MD, treats all sorts of fractures at Tri-State Orthopaedics, with offices in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee. Regardless of the type of fracture you have, he can help with rehabilitation and any necessary surgical therapy. Call one of the two offices today or use the online booking agent to have your injury evaluated and treated.
In addition to accidents, fractures may occur due to overuse as in athletes or in the elderly whose bones have weakened due to osteoarthritis. Fractures can be complete or partial, including:
You can experience a fracture in just about any bone, but some of the most common sites include the:
Dr. Dalal evaluates your fracture and considers the best therapy to optimize healing. In the early stages of a fracture, Dr. Dalal seeks to control bleeding, prevent bone death, and remove any foreign objects and dead tissue. He may opt for nonsurgical therapies including casting or splints, or he may opt for traction.
In cases of open or unstable fractures, Dr. Dalal may use an open reduction and internal fixation surgical procedure, which involves wires, plates, and screws, or an external fixation, which stabilizes the fracture at a distance from the site of the injury.
Two types of traction may be used to heal a fracture. Skin traction involves attachment of traction tapes to the skin of the limb segment below the fracture. With skeletal traction, Dr. Dalal inserts a pin through the bone adjacent to the fracture. Which type he uses depends on the location and nature of your fracture.
Healing depends on the severity of your fracture and where it’s located. It may take several weeks or months to resolve completely.
Dr. Dalal advises limiting activity, even after your cast or brace is removed until the bone becomes strong enough to bear normal stress. As you heal, Dr. Dalal offers rehab exercises and a plan to increase activity levels safely until your healing is complete.