First-Class Treatment for Fractures in Carson City, NV & Surrounding Areas
The experts at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic are pleased to provide first-rate fracture treatment to the residents of Carson City, Nevada, and surrounding areas. We’re a full-service clinic that’s been serving patients in this area since 1966, and our team includes skilled physicians, occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
What Are the Different Types of Fractures?
Many people don’t know this, but there is actually a wide array of different types of fractures. Here are some of the most common:
- Comminuted fractures — A comminuted fracture occurs when the broken bone shatters into at least three pieces.
- Compound fractures — In some cases, a broken bone can tear through the surrounding skin. This is known as a “compound” or “open” fracture. If you’ve sustained a compound fracture, you should seek treatment at an emergency room as soon as possible.
- Greenstick fractures — When a bone partially breaks on one side, but only bends on the other side, it’s referred to as a “greenstick fracture.” This type of fracture is more likely to occur in children, since their bones tend to be more elastic.
- Hairline fractures — Also known as “stress fractures,” hairline fractures are characterized by tiny cracks in a bone, often resulting from overuse or repetitive motion.
- Pathologic fractures — Pathologic fractures occur as the result of underlying medical conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis, infections, and certain types of cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of a Fracture?
The symptoms of a fracture will vary depending on the type and severity of the break, the location of the broken bone, and the age and general health of the patient. With that being said, some common symptoms of a fracture include:
- Inability to move the affected bone
How Are Fractures Treated?
In general, bones are able to heal themselves naturally, so treatment involves creating an environment that will support this natural healing process. This often requires realigning the pieces of bone (a process known as “reduction”), then immobilizing the area by applying a cast or inserting plates, screws, rods, or pins. In some cases, once healing has occurred, physical therapy will be necessary to improve strength and mobility in the affected area.
Call Us Today
If you think that you may have sustained a fracture, call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic as soon as possible. We treat fractures at our offices in Carson City, Gardnerville, Hawthorne, Reno, South Lake Tahoe, and Yerington.