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Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

Falling the wrong way or overusing your joints can cause painful fractures. To ensure that your fracture heals fully, the Utah Orthopaedics team offers comprehensive fracture services on-site. They provide X-rays and advanced diagnostic imaging to quickly identify fractures so that you can receive the treatment you need without delay. The team offers conservative therapies and surgical procedures to repair your damaged bones and ease your pain. Call the orthopaedic office in Ogden, Utah, today or book a diagnostic evaluation online if you have symptoms of a fracture.

Fractures Q&A

What are fractures?

Fractures are breaks in bones usually caused by injuries during physical activity and sports. Some underlying diseases, like osteoporosis, can weaken your bones and cause them to break.

The two kinds of fractures are open and closed. When the broken bone protrudes through a break in the skin, that’s an open fracture. Closed fractures are internal breaks in the bone, with no open wound.

A typical closed fracture is a compression fracture. You become more prone to compression fractures in your spine and other joints as you age, if you’re obese, or you overuse certain joints at work or playing sports.

What are the symptoms of fractures?

The symptoms of fractures vary from one person to the next, depending on the nature of their injury. If you suffer an open fracture, you’ll be able to see the bone sticking out through your skin and will be bleeding and in severe pain.

Symptoms of a closed fracture include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Sudden pain
  • Limited mobility

Visible deformities in the bone or joint can develop soon after an injury. If you’ve fractured your leg, ankle, or foot, it will almost certainly be difficult or impossible to put weight on it.

The orthopaedic specialists at Utah Orthopaedics offer on-site X-rays and other imaging to confirm a fracture and determine how severe it is. Based on the results of your tests, the team will create a treatment plan to heal the fracture and treat your pain and other symptoms.

How are fractures treated?

If you suffer a mild fracture, it can heal naturally with rest and splinting or bracing the bone. You need to wear the splint or cast for a time to allow your bone to heal fully. The Utah Orthopaedics team can treat pain, inflammation, and other symptoms with medication.

If you’ve suffered a more severe fracture, you could need surgery to repair it. Open fractures require immediate emergency medical attention to repair the bone and close the wound. Call 911 right away or head to the nearest hospital emergency room without delay if you suffer an open fracture.

To treat closed fractures, the orthopaedic team uses minimally invasive and traditional surgery to repair them. You might still need to wear a cast after surgery to immobilize the bone so that it heals correctly.

If you’ve been diagnosed with compression fractures in your spine, a procedure called kyphoplasty can put you right. During this minimally invasive treatment, your surgeon inserts a tube into your spine through a small incision. They use the tube to restore fractured vertebrae to their original height and fill the cavity of the bone with medical-grade cement.

Call Utah Orthopaedics today or go online to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of fractures.