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A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. A fracture is just a different term for a broken bone.
There are several types of fractures, and the type determines the treatment. Whether you’re seen at an urgent care location or at your UCHealth primary care provider, we’ll develop the best treatment plan for your case.
Fractures typically occur from a fall or other type of accident. Common symptoms include sudden pain, trouble using or moving the injured area or nearby joints, swelling or an obvious deformity, and warmth, bruising or redness at the injury site.
If you suspect a fracture anywhere in your feet, legs or hips, you should avoid walking until you’ve been evaluated by a provider and received the best medical advice for your case.
If you think you’ve broken a bone, or you’ve received a referral for orthopedic treatment, make an appointment right away so we can start the healing process. At UCHealth we can provide any treatment you might need, including surgery.
There are several common types of fractures that we treat regularly:
In addition, we may further classify the type of fracture as either open or closed:
We can begin treatment for most closed fractures at your UCHealth provider’s office or urgent care. You should go to emergency care immediately for an open fracture or a suspected spinal fracture, as they will require specialized treatment like emergency surgery.
We start by taking your complete medical history including how the injury happened. We perform a physical exam, and we may use any of these tests to properly diagnose a fracture:
Results from these tests will also help guide your personalized treatment plan.
A cast or splint is almost always part of a treatment plan. The goal of treatment is to put the pieces of bone back in place, control the pain, give the bone time to heal, prevent complications, and restore normal use of the fractured area. This treatment protocol may include:
Broken bones are a part of life, especially if you’re active in sports—but that doesn’t have to keep you out of the game for too long.
We’re here to help you fully recover, including any specialized orthopedic treatment you might need long term to enjoy the activities you love.