Fractures can occur even in normal, everyday activity. Sometimes people get confused about the term “fracture” versus “broken”. In reality, they both mean the same thing when it comes to an orthopedic assessment. Even though it is uncommon, the risk of having a fracture is certainly increased with high-demand athletic activity. Additionally, repetitive activity can also put one at risk for a stress fracture, which is a unique type of bone injury, different from the acute, traumatic fracture.
Xrays are critical to the initial evaluation of any bony injury. Sometimes a fracture is obvious on an xray, especially in cases where significant displacement or deformity has occurred. Other times findings can be subtle. Occasionally, it might even take an MRI to pick up on a stress fracture.
Fractures usually cause significant pain and dysfunction. Typically a period of immobilization is necessary to allow the bone to heal. This might mean a cast, splint, or walking boot is needed. Other times, surgery is required to realign the bone and stabilize it to allow for appropriate healing.
Dr. Siewert can evaluate you and get the appropriate xrays for the initial assessment in the office. If further diagnostic imaging is required, that will be arranged after you are evaluated in the office.