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Fracture and Injury

According to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, bones will break when an outside force is applied just as a plastic ruler breaks when it is bent too far. 

The severity of a fracture usually depends on the force that caused the break.

Common types of fractures include:

  • Stable fracture. The broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.
  • Open, compound fracture. The skin may be pierced by the bone or by a blow that breaks the skin at the time of the fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.
  • Transverse fracture. This type of fracture has a horizontal fracture line.
  • Oblique fracture. This type of fracture has an angled pattern.
  • Comminuted fracture. In this type of fracture, the bone shatters into three or more pieces

At SIU, our team of specialists will treat your fracture using the method best determined to heal the fracture.  Those methods may include casting or bracing, or even surgery depending on the severity of the fracture.  Pediatric fractures are best seen by a Fellowship-trained Pediatric Orthopaedist, to insure that the growth plate is not affected.   Many fractures in adults are related to Osteoporosis, and your physician may also refer you to the Bone Health Clinic to help you prevent a subsequent fracture in the future.

For an appointment to evaluate your possible fracture, call SIU Orthopaedics at 217-545-8000.  In the Quincy area, call SIU Orthopaedics – Quincy at 217-214-5660.

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