Every Fracture is Unique

Bones are pretty tough and ordinarily able to take a lot of punishment, but sometimes mishaps occur and they get damaged. There are many types of bone fracture and there is no such thing as a simple “break”. Each situation must be carefully reviewed and an appropriate management plan put into place.

DIAGNOSIS

There are a few different ways we are able to investigate the severity and type of fracture. There is the traditional X-ray, which is appropriate in many cases. But sometimes, where an X-ray may not show the full extent of the damage, we are able to use other scanning methods such as CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). These method give us highly detailed and, in some instances, 3D images of the injury.

Broken bones heal by themselves – but the aim of medical treatment is to ensure that the bones are correctly aligned. In some cases, surgery may need to be performed for complex fractures.

TREATMENT

Bone fractures heal by “knitting” back together. The body adds new bone around the edge of the broken ends.

It is important to ensure that the area around the break is kept immobile whilst the bone is repairing itself, so some sort of cast or splint may be needed.

Your fracture management plan will be carefully prepared and you will be kept fully informed along the way.