How Is a Simple Fracture Treated?
Simple fractures should be treated quickly and professionally. There are a couple things you can do yourself to help treat a simple fracture, but you must also get care at a clinic like Immediate Care of Oklahoma. Our 6 locations are open 7 days a week with extended hours.
We all get the occasional injury, whether it’s from yard work, sports, or any of our other regular activities, and usually, the injury is nothing to worry about. A fracture, though, can be a pretty big deal even if it’s minor.
How do I know whether I have a fracture?
A compound fracture (also known as an open fracture) is the more serious type of fracture, and if you have one, you’ll know it because the bone will have pierced your skin or be exposed through the skin. This kind of fracture requires emergency care at the ER (emergency room) because it can actually be life-threatening. An immediate care clinic like ours cannot treat a compound fracture, but we can treat simple fractures. Also, fractures like back, neck, or hip fractures must be treated at the ER.
If you have a simple fracture (also known as a closed fracture), your bone will be broken under the skin. This kind of fracture isn’t always so obvious, but you’ll have the following symptoms:
- Pain in the area that was injured
- Swelling in the area
- Bruising, warmth, or redness in the area
- Trouble using or moving the body part that was injured
- A deformity in the area, which you may not even notice or have difficulty noticing
It can be hard to tell whether an injury is a fracture or not, but an immediate care doctor can easily tell.
How is a simple fracture diagnosed?
Fractures need to be diagnosed and treated right away because they can become larger and worsen. It’s not hard for a doctor to tell whether you have a fracture, but this may require an X-ray or, in the case of a wrist, hip, or stress fracture, another test like a CT scan. An immediate care clinic like ours can provide any of these tests and a diagnosis. The tests and the treatments for fractures are available without the need to make an appointment.
So how is a simple fracture treated?
If you suspect you or a loved one has a simple fracture, then the first thing to do is to protect the area from further damage. Any bleeding can be stopped by applying pressure to the injured area. A broken arm or leg bone should be elevated and splinted, but you may not be able to splint the injury yourself. An immediate care doctor can do this instead.
A fractured bone must be set in its natural position and held there for it to heal, but a professional must do this also. To help prevent a fracture from worsening and to immobilize and heal the injury, a doctor will use a splint or a cast. Sometimes, though, more serious fractures require additional treatment and even surgery, so an immediate care doctor will provide a referral if the patient needs to see a specialist for additional treatment.
If you believe you or a loved one has a simple fracture, then come see us right away here at Immediate Care of Oklahoma. We’re available to you 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, and an appointment is not necessary. We ask that you please see our Locations page for the clinic nearest you and its address. Come see us today, right away, so we can make sure the injury heals as quickly as you need it to!