Sometimes, injury victims need additional tools to help themselves get back on their feet after a bad fracture. Often people use a walking aide, like a cane, crutches, or possibly a walker. To be safe and effective, the walking aide must be the proper height and dimensions for the person using it. You should consult a physician before using one of these assistive devices, to find out the way to use it properly while recovering from injury.
For serious breaks, the most common treatment methods are Reductions and Casts.
To treat a fracture, a physician may need to perform a “reduction.” This is a procedure to line up the broken pieces of the bone and set them back into place, so that it can heal properly. After a reduction procedure, the natural regenerative aspects of the bone will bring back a solid unity to the spot of the fracture. The cells on the ends of the bones and the blood vessels cause this healing process to occur over time.
Some reductions are classified as closed reductions and others as open reductions.
A doctor performs a closed reduction and can create unity between bone pieces, without surgery.
Severe fractures, like a comminuted fracture or an open fracture, require a surgical procedure called an open reduction. The procedure often involves the placement of “hardware,” such as pins, metal plates, or metal rods, to hold together the badly broken bones.
After the bones heal, the doctor may do another surgery, to remove the metal pieces. In other cases, the hardware remains in place to ensure the integrity of the injured bone.
Regardless of the type of fracture that you or a loved one may have suffered, medical science has made tremendous strides in providing treatments to minimize the damage caused.
Casts are the most common tool used to help a fracture heal. Today, casts are made of many different types of material, including the traditional plaster variety, as well as modern materials like fiberglass. The purpose of a cast is to eliminate or reduce motions that could worsen the fracture while it is healing.
If you are wearing a cast that seems too tight or unbearably uncomfortable, consult your doctor immediately. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a serious condition that may arise from an improperly monitored or applied cast.
When a cast comes off, it often leaves behind dry and peeling skin. The muscles in that area may appear visibly weaker, due to lack of use during the healing process. To rebuild muscle strength, seek medical advice on specific exercises that will strengthen the affected area without causing further injury to the healing bone.
If you or a loved one suffered a broken bone that may have been caused by the fault of another person or product, contact us as soon as possible.
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