The pain caused by most fractures makes it clear that you need medical care, but sometimes a mild fracture can seem more like a sprain that you’re tempted to treat at home. Jaspreet Sidhu, DO, encourages you to come in for a thorough examination any time you have bruising, pain, and difficulty using the affected body area. You need quick treatment to ensure proper healing and to regain optimal strength. To schedule an appointment for fracture care, call the office in Stockton, California.
Fractures are most often caused by:
Traumatic injuries such as falls, sports accidents, and car accidents deliver enough force to break strong, healthy bones.
Osteoporosis occurs when you lose bone mass and density. As a result, your bones become weak and brittle, and they fracture easily with minimal force.
Repeatedly performing the same activity leads to stress fractures or small cracks in your bones.
Dr. Sidhu treats all types of fractures, with a specialization in:
Hip fractures can occur in healthy bones from a high-impact injury, but they most often develop in older adults with osteoporosis.
Ankle fractures may occur in either leg bone where it meets the ankle or the talus, a small bone between the heel and the tibia and fibula.
Your long bones provide strength and mobility. The bones that make up your arms and legs are long bones.
Upper extremity fractures occur in the long bones in your arms, as well as your fingers, hand, wrist, clavicle, and scapula.
Fractures may cause the following group of symptoms:
If you have an open fracture, you have a piece of the bone protruding through your skin, or a wound that goes down to the bone.
Bones break in numerous ways. The fracture may be crosswise, lengthwise, at an angle, or in multiple pieces, to give you just a few of the possible fracture types.
The break may be minor with two ends that remain aligned, or the bone pieces may be skewed and out of alignment. Your treatment is based on the type of fracture.
Simple fractures may only need immobilization with a cast, which holds the bones steady while they heal. When the bones are misaligned, but you don’t have an open wound, Dr. Sidhu may perform an external fixation.
During this procedure, he stabilizes the bone with a metal bar, pins, and screws placed into the bone from outside your body.
Some patients need a procedure called open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). This is open surgery to reposition the bone fragments, which are then held together with screws, metal plates, or rods. Dr. Sidhu may need to perform ORIF for bones that are broken in several places, bones that move out of position, or bones that stick out through your skin.
If you need fracture care, call our office or schedule an appointment online.