Bone fractures are painful
orthopedic injuries that require emergency care. There are several different treatments available,
depending on the type of fracture, including immobilization to surgery.
Here is what you need to know about recognizing the signs of a bone fracture
and what treatments your orthopedics specialist may recommend.
What are the symptoms of bone fractures?
Typically, bone fractures cause immediate and severe pain in the area of
the break. You may be unable use the area in which the fracture occurred
as normal. Bruising and swelling is common, as is numbness. In some cases,
you can see the abnormal positioning of the bones caused by the fracture
or pieces of bone may poke through the skin. Fractures cause some people
to faint from the shock of the injury or pain. Although most fractures
cause immediate, obvious symptoms, some minor fractures may not. For instance,
stress fractures, in which small, thin fracture develops on a bone because
of overuse instead of a single incident, may cause discomfort that can
be difficult to diagnose. These fractures are often confirmed using diagnostic
imaging, and the patient may not know that they have a fracture until
these tests are performed.
What treatments are available?
It’s important to seek emergency care if you think you have a fracture,
as delaying treatment could lead to long-term damage that could permanently
impact your mobility. If the fracture caused the bone to separate, the
doctor will put the bones back into place, either manually in the ER or
surgically, using pins, rods, screws, wires and plates as needed. As you
heal, you will likely need to wear a cast, splint or brace to immobilize
the area and ensure the bone stays in alignment. After the initial healing
period, you will require rehabilitation to re-strengthen the area around
The ER at
St. Lucie Medical Center is here to provide care for all of your bumps, bruises, and breaks 365
days per year. For young patients with fractures and other urgent needs,
our pediatric friendly services near Treasure Coast provides kid-friendly
care by pediatrics specialists. To find out more about our hospital services,
please call 1.800.382.3522.