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There are approximately 3.5 million visits made to emergency departments for fractures each year.
But in total, an estimated 6.3 million fractures occur annually in the US. That means that 2 out of every 100 Americans will break a bone each year.
From elderly folks with wrist fractures to kids and adults sustaining broken tibias from horseplay, sports, or missteps, ERs across the US have definitely seen their fair share of broken bones.
Fortunately, modern emergency rooms are now designed to see patients much more quickly, if not immediately.
More Gain. Less Pain.
On average, a patient with a broken bone waits 54 minutes before receiving pain medications at the ER. So before you walk into just any emergency room or urgent care clinic in Tyler or Longview, consider Hospitality Health ER first. We eliminate long wait times so that we can treat your pain and stabilize your fracture sooner rather than later. When you arrive, you’ll immediately be seen by an experienced ER doctor who will assess your condition and treat your pain.
We will also perform an assessment of your neurovascular system and further inspect the deformity or fracture. Our onsite imaging department allows us to perform X-Rays and CT Scans right away, so we can quickly determine how complex your injury is and coordinate surgery or outpatient care through an orthopedic specialist whenever necessary.
A board-certified ER doctor will immobilize the broken bone with a splint to ensure against further complications. If the broken bone has punctured your skin or if your treatment entails metal rods, wires, or screws, we will coordinate surgery for you. treatment you need.
Is it a sprain or broken bone? Here are some symptoms that may indicate it’s broken:
- Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
- Swelling, bruising or bleeding
- Cannot bear weight on injured foot, leg, or ankle
- Intense pain or pain when touching the bone
- Numbness and tingling
- Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
Our bones are constantly changing through a process called bone remodeling. There are three primary cells responsible for bone growth throughout your life. Cells called osteoclasts are constantly breaking down old bone so that other cells, called osteoblasts, can replace it with new bone tissue. Osteoblasts add minerals to make bones hard. New cartilage is formed from another type of cell called a chondroblast. Thanks to osteoclasts, osteoblasts, and chondroblasts, your bones begin to heal on their own even before you get your injury is treated. As soon as you break a bone, your body responds immediately to repair the injury. Within two hours, a blood clot forms around the break. Immune system cells inside the clot, called phagocytes, begin cleaning bone fragments and removing unwanted bacteria or material around the break. Next, chondroblasts creates a soft callus, made mostly of collagen, around the fracture. This stage can last anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks. Two weeks after the injury, the bone remodeling begins and lasts another four to ten weeks more.
Typically, it takes about four to six weeks for a fracture to heal. However, fractures may take longer (even up to several months in some cases) to heal depending on your age, the location of the injury, the severity of the injury, and whether or not you followed your rehabilitation instructions.
While you can never be sure how long it will take for your broken bone to heal, there are some things within your control that may help your body heal faster. Exercise: Evidence supports that exercise stimulates bone fracture repair and regeneration as well as the bone’s structural strength. It also promotes circulation and an adequate flow of nutrients to the fracture site. Diet and Supplements: Studies also show that adding certain supplements, plant-based proteins, and anti-inflammatory nutrients to your diet help reduce complications at the injury site and accelerate the healing process. Natural Pain Relief Medications or Acetaminophen: Lastly, by choosing acetaminophen and natural pain-relief remedies over aspirin or ibuprofen, you can prevent delays in your healing. Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and naproxen, have been shown to block the production of prostaglandins, the chemicals produced by the body to help the healing of broken bones.
A broken bone, or fracture, can heal properly in its original position with the help of a splint or cast to immobilize the bone during the healing phase. But for more severe cases like compound fractures or fractures that involve joints, such as wrists and ankles, you may have to undergo open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. ORIF surgery fixes the bone by using metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to hold the bone in place. If your bone shatters into fragments during your accident, you may need a bone graft, a procedure that takes bone from a different part of your body or from a donor to replace parts of the bone that were shattered. Once the broken bone is set in place during surgery, your surgeon will close the incision wound and wrap it in a clean dressing. You will most likely need a cast after the procedure is complete to keep the bone in place while it heals.
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