Fracture Care in Lafayette, LA
Fracture care is a specialized area of orthopedics dedicated to treating individuals who have sustained a broken bone due to trauma, such as a fall, accident, or collision, or repetitive stress (the terms “fracture” and “break” are used interchangeably when discussing an injured bone). A fracture warrants immediate medical attention in order to prevent further injury and promote proper healing.
Normally very resilient, human bones are strong and flexible enough to withstand the significant pressures of daily living without injury. However, a bone may crack or break if excessive force is applied or if the bone is weak or brittle due to osteoporosis. Under these circumstances, any bone in the body can potentially fracture.
What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Bone?
Fracture care may be needed if a traumatic injury results in:
- Pain, swelling, or bruising in the injured area
- Angulation (a bone bent at an unnatural angle)
- An inability to support weight on the affected bone or body part
- An inability to move the affected bone or body part
Are There Different Types of Fractures?
Some common fractures include:
- Ankle fractures
- Foot fractures
- Hand fractures
- Knee fractures
- Stress fractures
- Elbow fractures
- Clavicle fractures
- Hip/femur fractures
- Patella fractures
- Tibia fractures
- Lower leg fractures
- Forearm/ulna fractures
- Forearm/radius fractures
- Humerus fractures
- Shoulder fractures
Additionally, there are two main types of bone fractures: closed fractures and open fractures. A closed or simple fracture involves a cracked or broken bone with no communication of the bone with the outside or through the surrounding skin or tissues. Treatment for a closed fracture may involve wearing a splint, cast, or boot to keep the bone in proper alignment as it heals. If the broken bone is not properly aligned, treatment may include manipulation to realign the bone or possibly surgery to realign and stabilize the bone.
An open or compound fracture involves an open wound or break in the skin near the site of the broken bone. Open fractures are complex injuries that require specialized fracture care, such as surgery, to wash out the bone and tissues, realign the broken bone and to stabilize it with metal pins, rods, or plates.
Receive Fracture Care From a Specialist in Lafayette
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, is a highly respected, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides comprehensive fracture care in Lafayette, LA. If you think you may have sustained a bone fracture, you can schedule an evaluation with Dr. Vizzi by contacting his office. Please note: If your injury is accompanied by uncontrollable bleeding or a broken bone has pierced your skin, please go directly to the nearest ER for emergency fracture care.