Fracture Management – What to Do and What Not to Do

How to Repair Fractured Bones the Right Way

The following are easy living fracture management tips on how to do daily tasks safely.

What to Do

After a fall or accident, if any part of your body becomes swollen and not able to perform like it used to, you may have a fracture.

Apply some ice over the area.

Immobilize the area with some cloth or sticks.

Open injury wash with some clean water or normal saline and pack with a clean cloth or gauze.

What not to Do

Never use hot water.

Never move too much without having some kind of neck support.

Never self-treat without first confirming there is a fracture.

Fracture care will often appear straightforward, however, there are a few common misconceptions and confusion when it comes to the different fractures, and how to care for them.

What Is a Fracture? Most people believe a fracture is a “hairline break,”, this is not true, a fracture and a broken bone are one and the same thing.

How Many Kinds of Fractures Are There?

An exhaustive list of precise fractures can fill a book. A few examples will include the following:

Barton’s fracture

This is a fracture of the distal end of the radius on the wrist joint, and other closed fractures of the distal end of the radius.

Fissure fracture

This a crack that extends from a surface into, but not right through a long bone.

Jefferson’s fracture

Fracture of the atlas, on the first cervical vertebra.

Lead pipe fracture

This is when the bone cortex is slightly compressed and bulges on one side, and has a slight crack on the other side of the bone.

Parry fracture/Monteggia’s fracture

This is a fracture of the proximal half of the ulna shaft and has a dislocation of the head of the radius.

To learn about the fracture management services and products that 417 Sports Medicine and Orthopedics: Eric M Gifford, MD can provide, and if you live in or around the Springfield, MO region, please feel free to call us at (417) 771-3147 anytime.

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