Fractures

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Bones need to be strong to support your body and allow you to be physically active. However, any bone can break, crack, or shatter under enough pressure, causing injuries that require expert fracture care from the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas. To benefit from the team’s fracture repair and rehabilitation expertise, call or book an appointment online today.

Fractures Q & A

What are fractures?

Fractures are breaks and cracks in your bones. They can affect any of the 200 plus bones that make up your skeleton, from the large leg bones to the vertebrae in your spine and the tiny bones in your hands and feet.

Fractures are often extremely painful, and without expert treatment, they can heal incorrectly, leading to long-term pain and loss of function. 

If you sustain any kind of fracture, the All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute team has the skills and experience to fix the broken bone and optimize your recovery.

What types of fractures could I sustain?

There are numerous ways to fracture your bones. A simple, stable fracture is the easiest to deal with, as the two pieces of bone remain in alignment. Other types of fractures include:

Compound (open) fractures

Compound fractures are those where you can see the bone, either because it’s protruding through your skin or the injury exposes the bone in some way. They’re typically the most painful types of breaks and need emergency attention. 

Because the bone is exposed, compound fractures are also prone to infection.

Comminuted fractures

A comminuted fracture is one where your bones break into multiple pieces. 

Some comminuted fractures have identifiable fragments that your provider at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute can rebuild. Others, like crush injuries, can shatter your bones into many tiny pieces.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are common sports injuries. Unlike other fractures, they develop over time as many tiny cracks build up in the affected bone.

Vertebral compression fractures

Vertebral compression fractures cause the bones in your spine to lose height, leading to back pain and possibly deformity. 

They may occur as a result of trauma, but most cases are due to complications from having osteoporosis, which makes the bones fragile and susceptible to breaking.

How are fractures treated?

A simple fracture might just require casting to immobilize the area while you heal. If the bones aren’t in alignment, your provider at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute must reposition them before applying a cast.

Closed reduction is one method, where they manipulate the bone ends externally. If closed reduction isn't possible, you might need to undergo surgical open reduction. Under anesthetic, your provider makes an incision in your skin to access the fractured bone, then repairs the fracture using pins, plates, and screws as necessary.

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute excels in performing fracture repair and has an elite physical therapy department to optimize your rehabilitation. To benefit from the team's expertise, call or book an appointment online today.