Fracture Treatments in Kansas City
Fractures can happen to anyone and can require a variety of treatments depending on the specific type and circumstances surrounding the fracture.
Fractures come in many different shapes and sizes. Most often they are referred to as a “broken” or “cracked” bone. Fractures can occur from an impact, injury or fall; weakened bones from pathology such as osteoporosis or other disease; or repetitive stress on a specific bone in the body. Stress fractures are common with repetitive type injuries and are most often treated conservatively.
Symptoms of a fracture include pain at the site of injury, inability to move the affected area, and immediate swelling following injury. With a stress fracture, symptoms can include a dull ache that is very focal to the specific site of the stress fracture with tenderness over the area.
Consult a Doctor if the Following Occurs:
Seek medical care as soon as possible if you have these symptoms and suspect you have a fracture. If a bone is exposed through the skin, call 911 immediately. Stabilize the injury and keep injured limb in the same position to prevent further injury.
Angulation (when the area affected is bent unusually)
Unable to bear weight through the specific area
Loss of function in affected area
Dizziness and feelings of sickness are possible
Treatments for Fractures
A fracture requires medical attention by an orthopod. An x-ray or other imaging may be required to determine the extent and location of the fracture. Larger fractures must be set in their normalized position to allow for proper healing. When a bone is set without surgery, it is referred to as a “closed reduction,” and when surgery is required it is referred to as an “open reduction”. Hardware may be required to properly set the bone, known as internal fixation. After the bone is set, a cast or brace is most often used to immobilize the bone to optimize the healing process.
Our Treatment Process
Following the removal of a cast, our fracture treatment at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic in Kansas City utilizes multiple techniques to optimize your rehabilitation. We use A.R.T. to restore the proper motion, texture, and tightness to the muscles, fascia, ligaments, nerves, and tendons to eliminate the patient’s pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction during the healing process. We perform Soft tissue massage to maintain mobility of the tissue, as well as prevent excessive scar tissue from forming at the incision site.
Our chiropractors also utilize joint mobilization to improve and maintain motion of the joint where the fracture occurred as well as motion at adjacent joints. In addition, we perform strength training throughout a fracture patient’s therapy, utilizing a variety of exercises and techniques. We will also prescribe a home exercise program and activity modifications to help facilitate the treatment process and accelerate results.
Possible Treatments for Fractures
For other treatment options, check out physical therapy for stress fractures.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms of a broken ankle vs a sprain?
Often, there will be a difference in pain and the ability to bear weight when determining a broken ankle versus a sprain. The experience of symptoms will vary by individual. Therefore, if you believe you may have fractured your ankle, be sure to consult your physician.
Can you walk on a fractured ankle?
Although it is possible to walk on some fractured ankles, it is not recommended and will be quite painful.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Chiropractor
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.