Every bone in the human body is susceptible to a fracture. Strong and resilient, our bones can withstand most significant forces without injury.
However, if the pressure applied to a bone is too strong or the bone is weak in health, a break or crack in the bone may occur.
Cases where a bone breaks but does not damage the tissue or skin surrounding the break are considered simple or closed fractures.
Higher energy injuries have a higher risk of complication and are considered complex fractures, which require specialized treatment.
Symptoms of a broken bone or fracture include:
- Discolored skin surrounding the affected area
- Angulation or the area may be bent at an obscure angle
- Inability to apply weight
- Inability to move the affected bone or body part
If you think you have suffered a fracture that has not broken skin, schedule an evaluation with one of our fracture care doctors.
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, our fracture care doctors, Dr. Jerome R. Dunklin, Dr. Francis E. Glaser, Dr. Paramjeet S. Gill, Dr. Eric C. Hanson, Dr. Toby R. Johnson, Dr. Richard J. Lamour, Dr. Alexander L. Majors, Dr. Michael S. Nuzzo, Dr. Michele M. Schulz, Dr. Cary M. Tanner, Dr. David E. Taylor, Dr. Connor J. Telles, and Dr. Steven T. Thaxter, have completed training specifically in fracture care and have dedicated their practices to this specialized field.
To consult with a fracture care doctor at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, please request an appointment online or call (559) 256-5200.
Please note that if you have an open fracture for which the wound is open, bleeding, or the bone is exposed, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.