Breaking a bone can be overwhelming and frightening, not to mention painful. Because you need to ensure that your fracture heals correctly, you must get treatment immediately. Arizona State Orthopaedics in Chandler, Arizona, and Scottsdale, Arizona, is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the latest diagnostic and treatment tools. When you visit with the practice’s leading orthopaedic surgeon, George K. Myo, MD, you can feel confident that you’re in the most expert hands in the East Valley. While it takes patience to recover from fractures, Dr. Myo ensures that your recovery process is as seamless as possible.
One of the most common symptoms of a fracture is visible bone protrusion through your skin. This type of fracture often requires emergency medical care. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if you have a severe sprain or strain, or a broken bone.
Symptoms of fractures almost always include pain, tenderness, and difficulty moving the area. But these issues are very similar to soft tissue injuries.
Because both fractures and soft tissue damage require immediate treatment, you must get a thorough diagnosis as soon as you have an injury.
The most common way to diagnose any bone fracture is through an X-ray. But sometimes fractures are so small or are hidden by other bones and tissues — like in your hand or wrist — that they don't show up in X-rays.
In that case, Dr. Myo may order a more detailed imaging test, such as a CT scan or MRI. With difficult-to-diagnose fractures, you may need to immobilize the injury with a splint for 10-14 days and then get a new X-ray when the fracture is more likely to be visible.
Once Dr. Myo confirms that you have a bone fracture, you need to have the injury set, which is called a “reduction.”
With a closed reduction, Dr. Myo can reposition your bone without having to go in and fix it surgically. But severe fractures may require an open reduction and repair through surgery.
For open reductions, Dr. Myo uses pins, rods, screws, or plates to keep the fracture in place. With either type of reduction, the injury needs to be immobilized either with a cast or splint, depending on the severity of your fracture. You may need medications, including anti-inflammatory pills, painkillers, or antibiotics.
It's normal to start going through a rehabilitation shortly after your fracture gets set. Doing so helps improve blood flow, muscle tone, and healing.
You can go through physical therapy even while you're in a cast or wearing a splint. Most men and women have to continue rehabilitation for several weeks after having a cast or splint removed.
Whether you recently broke a bone, or are still struggling with pain and stiffness from a previous fracture, make an appointment at Arizona State Orthopaedics by calling or booking online.