Closed Fractures-How to Treat?

Fracture treatment is highly dependent on a number of different factors. Even in two situations of seemingly identical fracture patterns, treatment may differ based on factors such as patient age, patient preference, or surgeon preference. Treatment decisions are not always clear, and often your orthopedic doctor will give you options about how to best manage your fracture. Some of the treatments used for closed fractures include:

No Immobilization: Not every fracture requires intervention. Some broken bones are stable injuries that can be managed without immobilization or other intervention. Sometimes a sling or walking boot may be enough, and other times some simple reassurance that healing will occur is fine.

Cast Immobilization: Casts are often used for treatment of many types of fractures. Casts help to hold bones in proper alignment and protect the healing bone.

Internal Fixation: Internal fixation is used to realign broken bones, and then hold the healing bones in position with metal plates, pins, rods, or screws.

External Fixation: External fixation is a type of treatment that can hold bones securely without having to operate on the site of most significant damage.

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