Bone Fracture Treatment Doctor Dearborn & Jackson, MichiganLearn more about the various types of bone fractures and how they are treated by our experienced team of professionals. Orthopedic Surgeon Also Serving Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Trenton, & ChelseaBreaking a bone is a frightening and painful experience. With the help of a talented orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Alfred Faulkner, your pain is only temporary and full function is within reach. Dr. Faulkner specializes in treating fractures of the upper extremities, lower extremities, hip and pelvis. He also has experience treating fractures that have not healed or not healed properly.Dr. Faulkner is well-versed in a wide variety of treatments and can pinpoint the optimal treatment for your type of fracture and individual needs. Together, the two of you will create a path toward recovery so you can get back to your normal life, free from pain or limitations.Bone Fracture SymptomsDepending on the circumstances of your injury, you may know right away that you fractured a bone, or it may not be immediately apparent. For example, if you take a hard fall or get into a car accident, your arm might hurt but not appear broken.Signs and symptoms of a fracture include the following:Intense pain that worsens with pressure or movementSwelling, bruising or tenderness around the injuryNumbness or tinglingInability to put weight on the areaLimited mobilityMisshapen limb or jointBone sticking out through the skinA popping noise at the time of injuryDiagnosing a FractureWhen diagnosing a fracture, Dr. Faulkner takes X-rays of the area to look at the bones. Depending on the nature of the fracture, he may take an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computed tomography) scan for a more detailed look at the bone and the surrounding soft tissue. Dr. Faulkner also conducts a thorough physical examination and will inquire about the circumstances of the injury and your medical history.Types of Bone FracturesFractures can be as simple as a small crack or as complicated as a completely separated bone that has moved out of place.Partial vs. complete fracturesA partial fracture refers to a crack in the bone, whereas a complete fracture has separated into two or more pieces.Closed vs. open fracturesA closed fracture means the pieces of the bone have not punctured the skin. An open or compound fracture is more serious, as the pieces of bone have pierced the skin and there is a risk of infection. An open fracture requires immediate surgical attention.Displaced vs. non-displaced fracturesA displaced fracture means there is a gap between the two ends of the bone. Surgery is usually needed for displaced fractures.Bone Fracture Treatment OptionsSome fractures can be treated with rest or by placing a splint or cast over the bone to immobilize it. This encourages the bone to stay aligned as it heals.Other fractures are better treated by surgically re-aligning the parts of the bone. A process called traction may be employed to realign fractures prior to surgery; during traction, a system of pulleys and weights stretches the muscles and tendons surrounding the broken bone. During surgery, internal or external metal pins or screws may be used to keep the broken ends of the bone in position while they heal. Several surgeries may be needed to treat the most severe injuries.When a bone isn’t repaired properly, or it doesn’t heal well, it can cause nearby joints to wear down, increasing the risks of arthritis. Thus, it is essential to get prompt, expert care for your bone fracture from someone like Dr. Faulkner, who sees these types of cases regularly and can successfully treat the injury so it does not cause problems later in life. To learn more about Dr. Faulkner’s experience with bone fractures, please call or email our practice today.