Fracture Treatment Specialist

Sander Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine -  - Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Sander Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Weslaco, TX & Harlingen, TX

A sudden injury or an underlying medical condition can increase your risk for developing a bone fracture. This type of injury requires the skill and knowledge of a certified orthopaedic surgeon like Michael Sander, MD. At Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Weslaco, Texas, Dr. Sander and his dedicated team offer effective surgical techniques to repair a fractured bone and ensure you heal properly. Don’t delay treatment of a potential bone fracture. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sander by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

Fracture Treatment Q & A

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a break in your bone that can range from a thin crack to a full break that results from injury or an underlying medical condition. When you place too much pressure on the bone, it can fracture into many pieces and can occur in one or multiple areas of the bone.

You may be at increased risk for a bone fracture as you age, if you smoke, lack physical activity, or regularly consume alcohol. Other risk factors for a fracture include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Use of corticosteroids

Other conditions that reduce your bone density also put you at risk for developing bone fractures.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

If the fracture occurs due to a traumatic injury, you likely feel an immediate, intense pain that gets worse when you touch the area or move it. Other signs you may have a fracture include:

  • A snapping sound at the time of injury
  • Redness or swelling in the area of injury
  • Difficulty putting weight on the injury site
  • Noticeable bone deformities in the injured area

In the case of an open fracture, you may see a portion of the fractured bone protruding through an open wound in your skin.

How is a fracture diagnosed?

The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team can determine if you have a fracture by performing a physical examination of the injured area. They may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or CT scan, to determine the severity of the fracture.

During your appointment, they review your medical history and level of pain to determine the best treatment option for repairing a fracture.

What treatment options are available for fractures?

Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, the team creates a custom treatment plan to ensure your bone heals properly. They may be able to treat minor fractures with nonsurgical therapies, by stabilizing the bone and recommending plenty of rest.

If the fracture is severe, the team may recommend surgery to help you retain functionality and mobility. During surgery, they can make repairs using metal plates, rods, or screws and reposition the bone into proper alignment.

Following surgery, the team monitors the progress of your healing through follow-up appointments. They also ensure you’re pain-free and may suggest physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the fractured bone to improve your range of motion and mobility.

Schedule a consultation at the Weslaco office to learn more about available treatment options for a fracture by calling for an appointment or using the online booking feature.