Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Specialists located in McMinnville, TN
Reliable orthopedic care for a fracture is important to protect your bone health. At Pinnacle Orthopaedics, which has locations in McMinnville and Sparta, Tennessee, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Jeffrey Peterson, DO, and the team recommend a prompt diagnosis for a suspected fracture. For your convenience, the staff offers on-site digital X-rays to evaluate the severity of the fracture and ensure fast treatment of your injury. Call Pinnacle Orthopaedics if you suspect you have a fracture, or you can request an appointment online today.
Fractures Q & A
What is a fracture?
A fracture is a break in a bone that often results from falls, sports-related injuries, or auto accidents. You may also be susceptible to bone fractures from minor accidents if you have underlying conditions, like osteoporosis, that weaken your bones.
In some cases, overuse injuries can cause stress fractures, small cracks in your bone that reduce its stability.
What are the symptoms of a fracture?
There are two types of fractures. In a compound fracture, the break is severe enough to cause the bone to protrude through your skin. In a closed fracture, you may experience severe pain and other symptoms immediately after the injury, such as:
In some cases, a fracture can cause a deformity in the bone, causing it to bend at an odd angle.
How is a fracture diagnosed?
If you suspect you have a fracture or have the symptoms of a fracture, you need to get a diagnosis right away to prevent additional damage to your bone and surrounding tissue.
The team at Pinnacle Orthopaedics offers on-site diagnostic testing, including digital X-rays, that can show the location and severity of the fracture.
What treatments are available for fractures?
Mild fractures, including stress fractures, can typically heal without surgery. Depending on the severity of the break, however, you may need to wear a splint or a cast that stabilizes the bone so it can efficiently heal.
The orthopedic specialists at Pinnacle Orthopaedics offer casting and splinting services on-site for your convenience. They may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications for pain to keep you comfortable.
Your provider can also advise you on any limitations, such as avoiding strenuous activity while you’re wearing the cast. Depending on the location of the fracture, you may need to limit your movements to keep pressure off the bones while you heal.
In some cases, serious or open fractures require surgical repair.
If a fall or other event has left you in severe pain, don’t delay treatment. Schedule an appointment at Pinnacle Orthopaedics by calling the office or requesting one online today.