Fracture Care

Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

To ensure a cracked or broken bone heals correctly and completely, the board-certified orthopaedic team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center offers comprehensive fracture care at their offices in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida. The medical team provides both conservative therapies and surgery to promote fracture healing and restore function. To schedule a fracture care consultation, call the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center office nearest you.

Fracture Care

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a crack or break in your bone due to pressure or direct trauma. Some of the most common causes of a fracture include:

  • Falls
  • Sport injuries
  • Auto accidents

 

You can also suffer a fracture due to degenerative diseases, like osteoporosis, which makes your bones weak and brittle. 

The most common types of fractures that team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center treats include:

Stress fractures

Stress fractures occur most often due to overuse injuries. Repeated use of the bone causes it to weaken, and it’s no longer able to absorb the shock of your movements. Stress fractures can occur anywhere but are most common in the lower foot and leg, especially among athletes.

Compression fractures

Compression fractures relate to age-related changes in the bone, including osteoporosis. When the bone isn’t strong enough to support your body, it can collapse under your weight and the force of gravity. 

Incomplete fracture

Incomplete fractures, also known as a greenstick fracture, develop when a traumatic injury causes your bone to bend but not break completely. The condition most commonly affects children due to high levels of calcium in the bone. 

Comminuted fracture

A comminuted fracture occurs when a bone cracks into several pieces, likely due to high-impact trauma or as a side effect of osteoporosis. 

Fractures can be mild or severe. In the event you have an open wound fracture and are losing blood, you should seek emergency medical treatment. 

For less serious fractures, the team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center can customize a treatment plan that focuses on the complete healing of the fracture. 

How are fractures diagnosed?

In addition to a physical exam to identify swelling, bruising, and pain, the team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center confirms a fracture with imaging, which allows your physician to assess the severity of your condition. 

They may request a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI to determine the best course of treatment for your injury. 

What does fracture care involve?

For mild greenstick and stress fractures, your Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center provider may initially recommend conservative treatments to ease inflammation and pain. These treatments may include:

  • Rest
  • Ice therapy
  • Immobilization

 

Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are often enough to ease pain and keep you comfortable. 

If you have a moderate fracture, your provider may recommend the same conservative therapies along with special splints or braces to allow the fracture to heal naturally over time. 

When you have a fracture that’s severe, the orthopaedic surgical team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center offers a variety of surgical techniques, including minimally invasive procedures to repair and stabilize the bone. They can also treat a severe compound fracture that breaks the skin if you seek emergency medical treatment at an area hospital.

Following the healing of your fracture, the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center team also recommends on-site physical therapy services. These services are for rehabilitation to restore the health and function of the fractured bone. 

If you suspect you have a fracture, don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation. Contact the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center nearest you by phone today to schedule an appointment.