Texas Orthopedic and Hand Specialist
Kent Weinheimer, M.D.
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Amarillo, TX
During fracture care at Texas Orthopaedic and Hand Specialist in Amarillo, Texas, Kent Weinheimer, MD, and the experienced team work to encourage efficient healing, restore bone alignment, and help you make a full recovery after a fracture. This helps improve your recovery and reduces your risk of future complications like muscle atrophy. Call Texas Orthopaedic and Hand Specialist or request an appointment online today.
Fracture Care Q & A
What is a fracture?
A fracture is a broken bone. The degree of the break can vary considerably, from a slight hairline crack to a major fracture that sections the bone into many different pieces.
You can fracture any bone in your body, but the most common areas tend to be the collarbone, ankle, and wrist. Fractures can happen during sports, when children play, during motor vehicle accidents, in workplace accidents, or other accidents.
Am I at risk for a fracture?
If you're an athlete, you may be at risk for a fracture. Athletes, especially those who take part in contact sports, often place a lot of pressure on their bones, and fractures can be the result. Even non-contact sports like running can put considerable extra stress on your bones and potentially lead to fracture.
Another group that may be at risk for fractures is women over age 50. Fractures are particularly common in this group because women have less bone density than men; bone density decreases naturally with age. The less-dense your bones are, the weaker and more prone to fracture they are.
Some other risk factors for bone fracture include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Cigarette smoking
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type 1 diabetes
- History of fractures
Some of these risk factors are controllable, so it's important that you take all necessary precautions to avoid fractures. Be sure to use safety equipment when you play sports, get the medical support you need for chronic conditions, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol to minimize your chances of fracture in the future.
How does fracture care work?
Fracture care depends on the type of fracture, its location, and your symptoms. Often, Dr. Weinheimer recommends immobilizing the fracture to allow it to heal. This may involve a brace, sling, or cast.
Dr. Weinheimer may recommend surgery if your fracture isn't likely to heal properly on its own. By setting the bone properly during surgery, you'll have the best chance of healing fully and avoiding re-injury in the future.
A major part of fracture care and recovery is physical therapy. Dr. Weinheimer may refer you to a physical therapist who can help you build strength while learning how to use your newly repaired bones in a safe way.
Call Texas Orthopaedic and Hand Specialist to schedule an appointment or book one online today.