What are Simple Fractures?
A simple fracture, also known as a closed fracture, is an injury that occurs when a bone breaks, but the skin remains intact. It's different from an open fracture, which happens when the bone pokes through the skin. Simple fractures can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls, or direct blows to a body part, but they can also occur due to medical conditions, like osteoporosis. Symptoms of fractures can vary from person to person but may include:
- Bleeding or bruising
- Inability to bear weight on the injured area
If you suspect a broken bone, schedule an appointment with the experts at Lawrence Family Practice Center. We offer same-day care for accidents and injuries at our office in Lawrence, KS.
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How Are Fractures Treated?
To diagnose a simple fracture, your doctor will start by examining your injury. Typically, x-rays are performed to determine the severity of the injury. Sometimes CT scans or MRI scans may also be needed for smaller fractures that require more detailed imaging. Most simple fractures are treated using a splint or cast, which stabilizes the injured body part and prevents it from moving in order to promote healing. Most fractures will heal within about 6 – 8 weeks, but this can vary based on each person, as well as the severity of the fracture. We can provide pain medication to alleviate discomfort, as well as at-home care tips to aid your recovery.
Trusted Care for Fractures
Injuries are never fun, but the team at Lawrence Family Practice Center is here to help you recover as quickly as possible. Our skilled physicians are equipped to provide nonsurgical treatment for fractures at our facility in Lawrence, KS. We offer timely, convenient care for patients of all ages. We invite you to reach out to our friendly team to book an appointment today.