Fort Lauderdale Fracture Care Specialists
Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine are dedicated fracture and broken bone specialists. As orthopedic practitioners, we are highly skilled in treating musculoskeletal injuries such as bone fractures and guiding the post-healing rehabilitation.
Fracture Care Overview
A fracture can refer to both broken or cracked bones. Fracture types can include simple fractures, in which the bone remains well aligned and stable despite a crack, unstable fractures in which the bone can be misaligned and unstable, and open fractures. Open fractures occur when any broken bone is exposed or pokes through the skin.
There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments of fractures, but generally, fracture care begins with physical examination and imaging to assess the damage. Casting and splinting are common procedures that help manage fractures, while surgical treatment may be necessary for open fractures, unstable fractures, fractures involving a joint surface, and fractures having bony deficits.
What Conditions Benefit From Fracture Care?
Frequently Asked Questions
An undiagnosed fracture may appear to be swollen or bruised and likely painful. You should not leave a suspected fracture untreated for longer than 2-3 weeks. After that, an undiagnosed or untreated fracture may start to heal out of place or may fail to heal at all. In time, an untreated fracture may require more complex, salvage surgery.
In most cases, the body will heal most fractures. However, proper evaluation and treatment is necessary to prevent further soft tissue damage and ensure anatomic alignment of the healing fracture fragments.
Depending on the type of break or fracture, you may or may not need a cast. Options can include casts, splints, braces, and slings. There are now more comfortable options available, such as removable splints and cam walker boots.
If you think you may have a broken bone or fracture, you don’t need to make an appointment or visit the ER. Instead, you can just walk-in to our Ortho Walk-In Clinic to receive a diagnosis and care.