During fracture care at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, Michael Russonella, DO, and his experienced team work to encourage efficient healing, restore your bone alignment, and get you back to full function. This helps prevent later complications like muscle atrophy, so don’t delay in getting the fracture care you need. Book online or by phone now.
A fracture is a broken bone. The degree of the break can vary considerably, from a slight hairline crack to a major fracture that sections the bone into many different pieces.
You can fracture any bone in your body, but the most common areas tend to be the collarbone, ankle, and wrist. Fractures can happen during sports, when children play, during motor vehicle accidents, in workplace accidents, or in other accidents.
If you're an athlete, you may be at risk for a fracture. Athletes, especially those who take part in contact sports, often place a lot of pressure on their bones, and fractures can be the result. Even non-contact sports like running can put considerable extra stress on your bones and potentially lead to fracture.
Another group that may be at risk for fractures in women over age 50. Fractures are particularly common in this group because women have less bone density than men; bone density decreases naturally with age. The less dense your bones are, the weaker and more prone to fracture they are.
Some other risk factors for bone fracture include:
Some of these risk factors are controllable, so it's important that you take all necessary precautions to avoid fractures. Be sure to use safety equipment when you play sports, get the medical support you need for chronic conditions, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol to minimize your chances of fracture in the future.
Fracture care depends on the type of fracture, its location, and your symptoms. Often, Dr. Russonella recommends immobilizing the fracture to allow it to heal. This may involve a brace, sling, or cast.
Dr. Russonella may recommend surgery if your fracture isn't likely to heal properly on its own. By setting the bone properly during surgery, you'll have the best chance of full healing, and of avoiding a reinjury in the future.
A major part of fracture care and recovery is physical therapy. The on-site physical therapy program at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute helps you build strength while learning how to use your newly repaired bones in a safe way.
Book your fracture care appointment online or by phone now.