04 September 2013|
Bone fractures can become great impediments in the career and training of athletes because they are usually associated with discontinuation of their workouts and training routines, which may lead to muscle loss, impaired physical endurance and missing important competitive events. In fact, a fracture can complicate the life of any individual, regardless of his or her occupation and interests, because a prolonged recovery time may disrupt the normal work flow and negatively affect several life processes, including family life. Our highly skilled physicians who are experienced in emergency orthopedic treatment make sure to provide a rapid yet high-quality assessment of any type of fracture at the AfterOurs Urgent Care walk in clinics located in the Colorado communities of Denver, Thornton and Highlands Ranch, but also at the New Jersey facility located in Robbinsville. Minimizing the chance of side effects and complications, such as displaced bone fragments, swelling or infection, is a top priority of our dedicated medical personnel who put a lot of effort into reducing the impact of bone fracture recovery on a patient’s life and career. Solid medical care supplemented with great lifestyle and nutrition advice provides a powerful combination that ensures a rapid healing of any injury evaluated by our medical staff.
X-Rays Offer a Rapid “Picture” of the Fragmented Bones
Multiple imaging tools have been developed in the last decades, some of which offer high-quality images that can be evaluated tri-dimensionally, such as MRI and CT machines. However, nothing can compare to the cost-effectiveness, quickness and overall utility of a basic X-ray machine, which proves to be extremely valuable in emergency traumatic cases where a rapid medical assessment is more important than detailed, expensive tests. Starting treatment for bone fractures as soon as possible is crucial in reducing the potential for bone displacements, improper healing, infection and physical pain. Compared to the ER departments of large hospitals, smaller urgent care clinics like the AfterOurs medical facilities situated in Colorado and New Jersey can employ X-ray diagnosis rapidly without unnecessary delays caused by paperwork and bureaucracy. What type of medical information can be obtained through a detailed X-ray exam for a traumatic injury? If a patient comes to our clinics exhibiting typical fracture symptoms, such as severe pain, inability to move the affected limb, swelling and redness of the skin in the affected region, then an X-ray machine can be used to evaluate the internal anatomical circumstances, such as the number of bone fragments, their shape, their position, displacement and relationship to the adjacent soft tissues or vital organs.
Bone Fractures are Treated Depending on Their Classification and Parameters
Our experienced physicians treat every traumatic injury with individual care and adjust the treatment plan depending on the injury type and its complications. A bone fracture can be classified depending on several parameters. Most fractures have two bone fragments, but the treatment may be complicated if the number of fragments is more than three and some of them are displaced from their original anatomical location. Also, fractures can be closed or open, depending on the skin integrity, which requires additional evaluation for infection signs. Open fractures are usually treated with antibiotic therapy because our physicians do not risk exposing the patient to any complications like an infection. A rapid evaluation, classification of the fracture type and application of immediate treatment dramatically reduce the potential for unpleasant complications, and therefore minimize the recovery time.