After a slip-and-fall accident, your doctor diagnosed you with a fractured bone. As part of your case, you want to explore your recovery options.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains bone fracture treatments. Learn how to protect your health and rights with medical facts.
Functional brace or cast
Braces and casts control and limit joint movement. Medical professionals prefer this treatment option for most fractures.
Commonly, doctors use fiberglass or plaster casts to treat fractures. Often, damaged bones respond well to repositioning and a cast. The cast maintains proper alignment as the bone repairs itself.
With this treatment option, physicians set metal screws or pins in the damaged bone below or above the fracture site. Screws or pins attach to a metal bar on the skin’s exterior. The securing frame keeps the bones in the right position as they repair themselves. Sometimes, patients experience damaged soft tissues and skin around the injury site. Medical professionals use external fixation as a temporary measure until the patient qualifies for surgery.
Using constant, light pulling, traction keeps fractured bones in proper alignment. Doctors do not consider the option a conclusive treatment.
Internal fixation and open reduction
Physicians begin treatment by setting fragmented bone back into proper alignment with screws. They may fasten metal plates to the bone’s outer surface to align the bone. Rods positioned through the middle of the bone hold the fragments together.
You and your doctor may work together to decide the most favorable remedy for your fractured bone. With a treatment plan in place, you have a better idea of how to navigate your personal injury claim.