Breaking a Bone: It’s Not Fun

The initial pain, hospital stays, itchy casts, recovery time, crutches, physical therapy﹘ I don’t think anything about breaking a bone would be labeled as “fun.” I see all kinds of bone fractures on a daily basis, and all of them have their own personality. Some need immediate medical attention, and some types will heal on their own without surgery. There are three types of breaks that almost always need medical attention… and they’re never a good time.

 

Hip Fractures. There is rarely a discussion around whether a hip fracture needs to be fixed or not. Hip fractures are more common among elderly patients, some who can’t even walk on their own. Even if you are confined to a wheelchair, an untreated break in your hip can make it difficult or impossible to sit up and eat, use the restroom, or even roll over in bed. That’s no way to live, and on top of that it puts those who suffer a break at a higher risk of bedsores, pneumonia, blood clots, and constant, severe pain.

 

Depending on the fracture and the patient, I can fix hip fractures with a pin, plate, or rod; replace the ball only; or replace the ball and socket of the hip. No matter how the injury is fixed, it’s important to get the patient up and moving quickly after their corrective surgery in order for them to regain full functionality and prevent accidents down the road. The AMNRT testing and correction I use improves patients’ balance and reduces the risk of falling.

 

Ankle Fractures. There are two situations that can happen when you experience an ankle fracture. The ankle joint is made up of three bones: the fibula, the tibia, and the talus. The talus is a square bone sitting underneath and between the tibia and fibula in a sort of ring.

 

If only one bone (either the tibia or the fibula) is broken and not displaced, the ring is stable. In that situation a fracture boot will do the trick, and your injury should heal on its own within six weeks. Surgery becomes necessary if the tibia and fibula are both broken and displaced. In this situation, the ankle fracture has to be fixed with plates and screws to ensure the bones heal in a proper position.

 

A fracture boot comes into play after surgery and can be removed several times a day to work on range of motion. As I mentioned with hip fractures, it’s important to maintain a certain level of movement for recovery to go smoothly.

 

Wrist Fractures. Breaks or fractures in the radius and ulna (the two bones in the forearm) are very common, and though they don’t always need invasive surgery, they usually need medical attention. Your radius is the larger of the two wrist bones, and it’s the one most commonly fractured. If it’s a simple fracture, the bone can be set in place without surgery and kept safe with a cast.

 

However, if the fracture is severely comminuted, markedly displaced, or goes into the joint space, surgical correction is necessary. The fracture is set into place and fixed with a plate and screws. Therapy begins soon after surgery to keep your fingers moving and build up strength over time.

Preventing Future Fractures. By using AMNRT, I can effectively find the initial cause of the injury, such as poor balance, and correct the issue. By using this method, I help my patients prevent broken bones in the future as well.