Fracture Management: What Can You Do?

//Fracture Management: What Can You Do?

Fracture Management: What Can You Do?

By |2019-04-24T12:03:22+00:00April 24th, 2019|Blog|

Fractures are a rather common occurrence in Canada. There is an average of 30,000 reported cases from osteoporosis alone. This number is expected to go up 4 times by 2030.  Whether it’s from physical strain, trauma or some related condition like osteoporosis, fractures present a major health concern to a lot of people in Canada.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a suspected fracture, it is essential to consult a medical specialist immediately. Failure to do so could lead to long term medical complications.

Types of Fractures

Ultimately, there are 5 basic types of fractures and these can occur at any bone in the body. These are:

  • Stable Fractures: the bone breaks, but it hasn’t moved from its original position.
  • Compound Fractures:  The bone breaks and pierces the skin.
  • Transverse Fractures: Horizontal, rather than vertical breaks in the bone.
  • Oblique Fractures: The bone breaks at a slant
  • Comminuted Fracture: The bone breaks in multiple places.

Although there isn’t much difference in the way each of these are treated, some of them require longer time or surgical intervention to heal completely.

Complication from Fractures:

A fracture is a very severe medical condition. The complications from these can also be potentially life threatening. Your doctors or orthopedic specialist will check for each of these before they begin treating the fracture itself.

The possible complications include:

  • damage to arteries
  • punctured lung from rib fractures
  • Damage to surrounding tissues
  • Mental shock
  • Delayed Unions or disunions
  • Skeletal deformity

Conclusion:

Never try to treat a fracture by yourself. If you feel that someone has suffered from one, get them to the doctor to be assessed, treated and immobilized as needed.

SEMI is a collection of orthopedic clinics in Toronto.  We specialize in sports medicine and also offer treatments like pelvic physiotherapy, PRP injections, concussion management programs among others. Book an appointment at our clinics in Sheppard, Thornhill and St. Claire for complete treatment of your orthopedic conditions.

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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