Fracture Care

What is fracture care?

Fracture care refers to a wide range of treatments that can be used to mend broken bones, or fractures. This involves both immediate treatment to stabilize the bone and any rehabilitation that may be needed after the fracture has healed.

What happens during the procedure?

The exact nature of fracture care will vary based on the nature and severity of the fracture. Fractures are often treated with casts or braces that hold the bones in alignment and limit movement until they can heal. In some instances, fixation is required to join the bones back together. This can require placement of pins, plates and screws, or an external frame to hold the bones together.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this treatment.

What are the risk factors?

The major risk of fracture care is prolonging or worsening the injury due to improper fracture care or not following the doctor’s directions closely.


Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/28/2018 9:14:58 AM

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