When a person suffers a severe trauma or a direct, violent injury, broken bones are a common result. Broken bones are treated in a variety of ways, depending on the kind of break, its location, and how much additional damage or injury has been incurred.
Your physician will first attempt to move the pieces of bone back into the correct position, in the event of a clean break. You may require general or local anesthesia, depending on how severe the injury sustained.
Here are a few of the most common ways to treat a bone fracture:
- A cast is used to hold broken bones in place in order to prevent mobilization, or moving them, while they heal. The cast can stay on from two to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the fracture. They vary in size and shape depending on the location of the break, how complex the fracture is, and how much mobility is allowed on the extremity.
- In order to ensure that a broken bone is pulled out to the proper length, as in the case of a thigh bone fracture, traction may be required. This is the process of putting weight on the bone in order to avoid shortening of the extremity as the bone heals.
- Installing plates and screws via surgery is also a common way of treating bone fractures. This is done in order to make sure that the bones keep their alignment and heal in the proper position. It is also done in case of multiple fractures on a bone, or fragmentation.
- Physical therapy is a must in the treatment of a broken bone. In order to prevent muscle dystrophy, exercising them is essential. Physical therapy and rehabilitation may be required to strengthen the muscles and to cultivate more flexible joints after a long period of having been in a cast.
Contact us immediately if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered an injury that may have broken a bone.