Broken Bones and Fractures Treatment Clinic
If you are suffering from a visibly misshapen limb or joint, intense pain, swelling, bruising or bleeding get yourself check at Express Health Urgent Care. Broken bones can be troublesome and painful. We are here to help you. For more information contact us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in East Harlem NYC, Metropolitan NYC and Staten Island NYC.
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The skeletal system is the system of bones in the body that supports the muscles and provides mechanical support. The skeletal system protects many different parts of the body, including the internal organs, as well as the joints, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. The skeletal system is an integral part of the body and is the body’s main support structure. The most common injury to the skeletal system is a broken or fractured bone, which typically occurs as a result of trauma.
Fractures are breaks in bones that are often caused by an injury, most commonly the result of a fall or an injury sustained during sports or another recreational activity. A broken bone is another term that can be used to refer to a fracture; these two terms can be used interchangeably.
If more pressure is put on a bone than it can withstand, it can split, break or otherwise sustain injuries. A break of any size is called a fracture, but there are different types of fractures. For example, an open fracture (or compound fracture) occurs if the broken bone punctures the skin, becoming visible through the epidermis. Repeated or prolonged forces against a bone can result in a stress fracture; the repeated stress weakens the bone until it eventually breaks. Symptoms of a broken bone include:
• A visibly misshapen limb or joint
• Swelling, bruising or bleeding
• Intense pain
• Numbness and tingling
• Broken skin with bone protruding
• Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
Different types of fractures include:
• Closed Fractures — If the injury does not break open the skin, it is known as a closed fracture as the bone remains in the body.
• Open Fractures — If the broken bone causes the skin to rupture, this is known as an open fracture or compound fracture.
• Complete Fractures — In a complete fracture, the break goes completely through the bone, separating it into two pieces.
• Displaced Fractures — A fracture can become displaced if it does not heal properly and a gap forms where the bone breaks. This often requires surgery to fix.
• Partial Fractures — Opposite of a complete fracture, in a partial fracture the break does not go all the way through the bone.
• Stress Fractures — When placed under constant strain and subjected to excessive pressure, bones can eventually succumb to this tension and develop a stress fracture.
Medical terms used to describe certain characteristics of fractures include:
• Avulsion — Tendon or ligament pulls off part of the bone
• Comminuted — The bone shatters into several pieces
• Compression — The bone gets crushed or flattened
• Impacted — Bones get driven together
• Oblique — The break is diagonal
• Spiral — The fracture spirals around the bone
• Transverse — The break goes in a straight line
It can be difficult to know when to seek professional medical attention for certain injuries, as minor cases often heal on their own. However, this is not the case with broken bones; in virtually every case, a fracture requires professional medical attention.
See the walk-in services right away, if you notice:
• Heavy bleeding
• Numbness at the site of trauma
• Bruising or swelling
• Misalignment or deformity
• Protruding bone
It is also imperative to go for urgent care right away when experiencing any signs of infection, including redness, swelling, fever, or discoloration at the site of injury. For top-rated fracture care, come to Express Health Urgent Care. Call us today to book an appointment for broken bone and fracture treatments, or visit our clinic. We look forward to serving you! To speak with one of our specialists, call us or visit us today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Brooklyn, NYC, Queens NY, East Harlem NYC, Manhattan NY, Coney Island NYC, Midwood NY, Nostrand NYC, Ridgewood NY, Metropolitan NYC, Staten Island, Greenwich Village NY, and surrounding areas.