There are 206 bones in the human body, and none is immune to fracture. The key to handling a fracture is to get 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.
1. 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
- Hand and fingers
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.
2. 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 is 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.
3. How are fractures treated?
When it comes to your fracture, Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltc. 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 compilations. so it pays to have it cared for correctly the first time around.