Treatment of Fractures

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Some fractures can lead to serious complications if not treated properly. Dr. Edward Hill tells us how different types of fractures are treated in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fractures can have dangerous complications if not treated promptly; possible complications include damage to blood vessels or nerves and infection of the bone or surrounding tissue.

A fracture often requires emergency treatment at a hospital. Fractured bones must be set in their proper place and held there in order to heal properly. Setting a bone is called reduction. Repositioning bone without surgery is closed reduction. Most fractures in children are treated with closed reduction. Serious fractures may require open reductionrepositioning using surgery. In some cases, devices such as pins, plates, screws or rods are used to hold the fracture in place. Open fractures must also be cleaned thoroughly to avoid infection.

After setting, most fractures are immobilized with a cast or splint to reduce pain and help healing.

Recuperation time varies depending on the age and health of the patient and the type of fracture. A minor fracture in a child may heal within a few weeks; a serious fracture in an older person may take months to heal.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.