What Are Fractures?

A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. Many fractures are caused by high impact or stress on the bone, though some medical conditions that weaken bones, such as osteoporosis, can cause fractures as well. A fracture can occur in any bone in the body.

There are many different types of fractures. Some of these include:

  • Stress fracture- when a bone breaks due to repeated stress or strains.
  • Transverse fracture- when a straight break is made right across a bone.
  • Longitudinal fracture- when a break is made along the length of a bone.
  • Hairline fracture- when the bone is partially fractured.
  • Avulsion fracture- when a muscle of ligament pulls on the bone, causing a fracture.

Depending on which bone is fractured, the severity of the break, and the patient’s health and age, there are many different symptoms of a fracture. These may include the following.

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Unable to move the area
  • Unable to put weight on the area
  • Affected area may be bent
  • Skin around the area may be discolored

Treatment of Fractures

In order to diagnose a fracture, the doctor will order an X-ray. An MRI or CT scan may also be ordered in some cases. Our state of the art digital x-ray allows for quick diagnosis of fractures so your practitioners can quickly and efficiently splint the area, providing comprehensive care.

In order for the fracture to heal properly, the broken bones need to be lined up, which is done in a process called reducing the fracture. Then, the bone must be immobilized in order to heal. In most cases, a plaster cast or brace will be placed to hold the bone in place until it is completely healed. Usually, a cast must stay on for 2-8 weeks.

If you or a loved one has suffered a fracture, contact Ultra Med Urgent Care immediately. We can work with you to quickly examine and treat the fractured bone so that it heals properly. We serve patients in the Skokie, Evanston, and Morton Grove Illinois areas.