Fractures can happen from a fall from the monkey bars, a tackle during a football game, a stumble down the stairs, and many other situations. Whatever the circumstance, you will usually know when you have broken a bone. You may hear a breaking sound, followed by a tremendous amount of pain. The area around the fracture will usually be inflamed, bruised and sore. In some unfortunate cases, part of the bone may be punctured through the skin. It can be quite traumatic, but it is important to remember that broken bones will heal with time and patience.
At The Central Orthopedic Group in Plainview, NY our physicians will X-ray the swollen area to view the injured bones. Smaller fractures may be difficult to visualize on an X-ray, so an MRI may be ordered. Depending on the type and location of the fracture, we may use casts, splints, pins, screws, or plates to hold the fracture in the correct position while the bone is healing.
After several weeks or months of healing, many patients feel stiffness in the previously injured area. The ligaments have become stiffer than normal from not utilizing the affected extremity. To help along in the recovery process, it is usually recommended that patients begin a course of rehabilitation, which may include exercises, physical therapy or occupational therapy.