Falls and accidents happen every day. Perhaps you slip while out in public, are injured on the job, car accident, or sustain an injury while playing sports. When these types of serious injuries happen, and you worry as though you may have broken (or fractured) a bone, it is important that you know the proper way to react to this type of injury and that you get the proper medical attention you need right away.
A bone fracture can be extremely painful and depending on the location and severity of the break; it can prevent you from walking, moving or going about your day-to-day activities. If you suspect you have broken a bone, then the first thing you need to do is to contact a New York area doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The most common way to diagnose a broken bone is with an X-ray. Once you have gone to the doctor or been admitted to a hospital, this is likely the first thing the medical team will do. X-rays are non-invasive and designed to take internal images of your bones. This image will instantly be able to tell the doctor whether you have broken your bone or not, the severity of your break and the precise location of your fracture. Orthopedic surgeons are usually the medical specialists that deal with and treat bone fractures. If your bone fracture is related to a work accident make sure that your orthopedist is rated by the NY Worker’s Compensation Board.
There are five main types of fractures that can occur in the bone.
Since broken bones can vary so much in terms of location and severity, the process of treating, or repairing these broken bones can vary as well. The first and most important thing to remember when it comes to bone fracture repair is that the bone needs to be in its original position in order to heal properly. If the broken bone is not reset correctly, the bone will heal in a deformed position.
There are a few different types of treatments for broken bones:
You need to see a medical doctor as soon as possible after you have been injured. The sooner you are able to get treatment, the sooner you can get better. If you have been injured as a result of an accident, acting quickly can also help make sure that any insurance claims you file are approved.