Bones can break easily. A fall, a car accident, or an injury at work can quickly send you to the nearest emergency room. You’ll need to see an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible to make sure your fracture is treated properly. Choose Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, and you’ll be back to normal in no time.
Common Types of Fractures
Fractures are classified based on how the bone is broken or cracked:
- Complete Fracture: Bone is broken into separate pieces (clean break)
- Partial Fracture: Bone is cracked (not completely broken)
- Open Fracture: Bone is broken and penetrating the skin
- Compound Fracture: More than one bone is broken
How do I know if it's broken?
Usually, you will know immediately if you've broken a bone. You may hear a snap or cracking sound. The area around the fracture will be tender, swollen, and hot to the touch. A limb may be deformed, or a part of the bone may puncture through the skin.
Learn more about fracture care in our patient education center.
We have several providers who offer prompt attention for fractures and other traumatic injuries. If you have a broken bone, pulled muscle, or infection, the doctor will order an X-ray and other appropriate imaging tests. You might need an MRI if the X-ray is inconclusive. Once the images are analyzed, the doctor can determine the best course of treatment.
Give us a call right now if you need fracture care. We have three convenient offices in greater Tucson and southern Arizona, as well as an after-hours clinic for urgent needs.
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