Fractures can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of your age or overall health. If you suspect a fracture, see UT Physicians: Brian S. Parsley, MD in Bellaire, Texas, for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Parsley is an orthopedic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience caring for patients of all ages with mild to severe fractures. To schedule a visit and get treatment, call or use the online tool now.
Not all fractures are obvious, especially those that occur within a joint or those that are surrounded by other bony structures, like the foot or wrist, for instance. Common signs of fractures include:
Fractures can range from mild to severe, though they should all be diagnosed and treated promptly to avoid complications, like chronic pain or permanent disability.
Fractures can occur in any bone in the body and each type of fracture presents differently depending on the cause of the fracture, the location of the fracture, and the age of the patient. Common types of fractures include:
Each type of fractures presents unique challenges to healing, especially fractures in areas that are located near a joint or growth plate. Some types of fractures may require surgical intervention to protect the bone and ensure proper healing.
To diagnose a fracture, Dr. Parsley begins with a consultation and physical exam, followed by X-rays. He presses and gently moves the injured area to check for discomfort and abnormal motion. He may also press a metal instrument against your skin to vibrate the bones underneath to assess pain and extent of damage.
If a fracture is suspected, Dr. Parsley takes X-rays of the affected area to assess the severity and extent of the fracture. Once you’re diagnosed, Dr. Parsley explains what type of treatment is best for you based on the type of fracture you have.
Treatment for fractures depends on the location of the fracture, the type of fracture, and the extent of damage. In mild cases, you may need bracing, casting, or splinting to hold the bones in place as they heal.
For moderate to severe cases, surgical intervention may be needed to align the fractured bones or secure the bones with wire or screws for stability. Dr. Parsley outlines the recovery process, which can take weeks or months and may include physical therapy, and checks in with you regularly to ensure your fracture is healing properly.
If you suspect a fracture, call or schedule an appointment online now with Brian S. Parsley M.D.