Fracture Care Specialist

Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd.

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Therapy Services located in West Reading, Exeter, & Hamburg, PA

There are 206 bones in the human body, and none is immune to fracture. The key to handling a fracture is to get expert treatment on the front end in order to avoid long-term complications down the road. At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., we offer such care. In fact, OAR physicians practice out of a Level I trauma center, which helps patients throughout Berks County and beyond get the fracture care they need from start to finish. To learn more about fracture care, call or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Fracture Care Q & A

What are the most common fractures?

There are 206 bones in the human body, but some are more prone to fracture than others, including the usual suspects, such as your:

  • Clavicle, or collarbone
  • Wrist
  • Arm
  • Hand and fingers
  • Toes
  • Hip
  • Leg

 

Any time you place undue stress on a bone, the potential is there for a fracture, especially among very young, developing patients who have softer bones, and older patients who are losing bone density. 

What are the different types of fractures?

There are many types of fractures, including:

  • Stable fracture, where the ends of your bone still line up
  • Open fracture, where your skin is broken
  • Compound fracture, where there’s more than one break in your bone
  • Transverse fracture, which runs horizontally
  • Oblique fracture, where the bone fractures in different directions
  • Comminuted fracture, or a bone that fractures into three or more pieces

 

If you suspect you may have fractured a bone, it’s important that you get to Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. to see a dedicated trauma surgeon for evaluation and treatment. And the sooner the better! Untreated fractures can heal incorrectly or get exponentially worse the more you use the compromised bone.

If you have any doubt, any time you have an injury where the swelling and pain persist after you’ve iced and elevated the area, you’d do well to err on the side of caution and have one of the specialists at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. check it out.

How are fractures treated?

When it comes to your fracture, Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. offers trauma care, which means the practice:

  • Offers 24-hour, in-house trauma surgeons
  • Provides comprehensive treatment, including casting, splinting, and surgery, if necessary
  • Has advanced diagnostic imaging on-site
  • Provides the latest in trauma care to its patients

 

Our team has extensive experience handling fractures of all kinds, which ensures that every patient gets the most advanced care possible. Fractures that aren’t handled properly can lead to a lifetime of frustration and complications, so it pays to have it cared for correctly the first time around.

To learn more about fracture care, call Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., or fill out the online form to request an appointment.