At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained fracture care doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with fractures.
Fracture care doctors are orthopedic experts who diagnose, evaluate, and offer treatment to patients who have broken bones as the result of an accident or traumatic injury. These injuries may involve multiple broken bones or a single fracture.
Regardless of how the injury occurred, it’s important for the doctor to examine the patient as soon as possible in order to assess the damage to the bones at the fracture site and prevent any further injury.
Any bone in the body can be fractured. If the skin and tissue surrounding the bone fracture is not damaged, the injury is called a closed fracture. However, if the bone is protruding through the skin at the injured area, it is known as a complex fracture and will require treatment from a specialty-trained doctor. Surgery may be the best option in this case.
Examples of procedures performed by orthopedic trauma surgeons include:
- External Fixation: A process where pins are inserted through the skin and into the fractured bone, then held by an external frame
- Internal Fixation: A process that uses implants to help the bone heal
- Open Reduction: A type of open surgery used to set bones
- Skeletal Traction: A process where pins are inserted into the fractured bone, then weights are attached, which pull the bone into the proper position
Additionally, a nonsurgical procedure called closed reduction is regularly used by orthopedists specializing in trauma. This involves manipulating the broken bones and moving them back into their proper position for healing.
A fracture care doctor must not only attend to the patient and the trauma soon after an accident occurs, but he or she must also work carefully to ensure the broken bone is set properly so it does not form a malunion, which is when the bone is misaligned and heals improperly.
After any treatment, whether surgical or nonsurgical, fracture healing, and fracture management are critical. For instance, if a patient begins to use the limb too early in the recovery process, he or she could damage it further, break it again, or move it out of alignment. Therefore, working closely with a specialist both immediately after the trauma and during the recovery process is crucial.
When Should I See a Fracture Care Doctor?
Fractures can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with a doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain. People with fractures sometimes report symptoms such as:
- Bone that has pierced through the skin
- Unable to bear weight on the injured limb
- Unable to move the affected region
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have sustained a fracture.
What to Expect With Our Fracture Care Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which includes on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our team will work with you to treat your injuries and determine a follow-up care plan. To help you have the best possible recovery, we also offer physical therapy with our certified physical therapists as well as in-office orthobiologics for aid in healing any other damage associated with your injury.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic surgeons and medical experts.
Our fracture care specialists are experts whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including traumatic orthopedic injuries. Dr. Jerome Dunklin, Dr. Paramjeet Gill, Dr. Francis Glaser, Dr. Eric Hanson, Dr. Toby Johnson, Dr. Matthew Knedel, Dr. Alexander Majors, Dr. Michael Nuzzo, Dr. Michele Schulz, Dr. Cary Tanner, Dr. David Taylor, Dr. Connor Telles, and Dr. Steven Thaxter are trained in fracture treatment as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect the bones and joints. They offer a variety of solutions, including surgery, to restore patients to better health.
If you have a traumatic injury or nonhealing fracture that is concerning you, contact us as soon as possible at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized care you deserve.