Diagnosis & Treatment Of Fractures

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At Coastal Urgent Care, we provide fast, effective treatment for fractures, sprains, strains, and other common injuries. Although bones are strong and can withstand a lot of pressure, fractures are more common than you might think. When treated in a proper and timely manner, broken bones heal naturally.

Causes And Risks Factors Of Fracture

There are a wide range of causes for fractures, such as falls, auto accidents, sports accidents, and diseases, such as cancer and osteoporosis. Fractures can happen to patients of any age, but fractures are most often found in aging populations due to falls and weakened bones. Children’s bones tend to set and heal more quickly and easily as they’re more flexible. Adults and children who have active lifestyles tend to have stronger bones.

Symptoms Of Fractures

Although the pain of a broken bone or fracture can sometimes be excruciating, it’s easy to be unaware that you have a broken bone if you suffer an injury such as a severely sprained ankle. That’s why it’s critical to visit Coastal Urgent Care for a quick X-ray if you’ve been injured. Failure to properly treat a fracture right away can lead to improper healing and may even require further treatment such as surgery down the road.

Common symptoms of fracture include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Stiffness
  • An internal “grating” feeling in the area
  • Inability to put weight on an injured area, such as an ankle, wrist or digits
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Visible misalignment of bone
  • Bleeding (common with open fractures that break the skin)

Diagnosis

If you believe you’ve suffered a fracture, seek medical help right away. At Coastal Urgent Care, we offer state-of-the-art X-ray imaging, a vital tool for diagnosing and treating fractures and other injuries. An X-ray can show the extent of your injuries and enable our doctors to make an accurate diagnosis. Services are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Our skilled X-ray technicians understand that you may be experiencing severe pain, and they use their gentle touch and professional skills to capture accurate images as quickly as possible.

Treatment

Unless you have extensive injuries and damage that requires surgery, the best treatment for a fracture is to reposition the bone to where it belongs and immobilize it and the surrounding area. A fracture may require a cast for an arm or leg or something as simple as tape or a splint for fractured fingers and toes. Our doctors do a thorough examination of the area, using X-rays to determine the extent of your injuries and perform appropriate treatment to help you heal as quickly as possible so you can get back to your normal routine. We’ll also send you home with specific care instructions for your injury and follow-up appointments. Most fractures take two to eight weeks to heal, depending on the location and severity of the break.

Contact Us To Learn More About Urgent Care Treatment For Fractures

Ignoring the discomfort of an injury such as a fracture can lead to more severe pain, further injury and even disability. If you’ve been hurt, don’t wait to get an accurate diagnosis and quality care. For your convenience, Coastal Urgent Care welcomes walk-ins seven days a week as well as evenings with no appointment necessary. Our team offers prompt, professional care that can get you back on the road to optimal health. To learn more about the services we offer at Coastal Urgent Care, contact us today at 732-201-2394.