What causes broken bones?
Broken bones (fractures) have many possible causes, but they fall into three broad categories:
It takes substantial force to break a strong, healthy bone. As a result, most fractures happen during a traumatic injury.
Stress fractures develop over time as repetitive activities place too much force on your bones. The ongoing stress causes a crack in the bone.
Osteoporosis causes weak, brittle bones that are so fragile they break with minimal force.
What broken bones occur due to sports injuries?
Sports like running and tennis that require repetitive movements frequently cause stress fractures. Contact sports may cause a stress fracture, but you can also break a bone when taking a direct hit, whether from a person or an object like a hockey stick.
The bones most often broken during sports include your hands, wrists, feet, ankles, lower legs, and collarbone.
What orthopedic injuries cause broken bones?
A sports injury is an orthopedic injury, so the two categories overlap. However, orthopedic injuries include other causes, such as severe falls, car or motorcycle accidents, blunt force trauma, and physical attacks.
What symptoms appear if I have a broken bone?
If you have a broken bone, you’ll have the following symptoms:
- Limited mobility
- Inability to use the affected area
You may also have an open wound or see a deformity if the bones are misaligned.
How are broken bones treated?
North Valley Orthopedic Institute takes X-rays in the office, so they can quickly evaluate and treat all types of fractures. Their comprehensive care includes:
The bones must remain in the proper position to heal. Your provider uses a cast, brace, splint, or boot to keep them immobilized and aligned.
If the bones are out of place or broken into several pieces, your provider realigns them and inserts screws, rods, or other hardware to hold them steady while they heal. Realignment may be done from outside your body, or it could require surgery.
Surgery for an open fracture
An open fracture causes a wound in your skin. This requires immediate surgery to clean the wound thoroughly.
After your broken bones heal, you need physical therapy (provided on-site) to restore muscle strength and regain full movement and flexibility.
Call the office right away or request an appointment online to get expert care for broken bones.