Millions of broken bones or fractures occur in the United States every year. Fractures commonly result from trauma due to sports injuries or accidents, including falls. Other health conditions can also increase your risk of bone fracture.
Types of fractures include:
Fractures can occur in almost any bone in your body. They often occur in the limbs and joints. At Aurora, we offer expert treatment for all types of fractures so you can heal faster and get moving again.
Aurora is one of Wisconsin’s largest regional health care systems. That means we treat a large number of bone fractures every year. This vast experience translates into better results for you – no matter what type of fracture you have.
When it comes to fracture care, people count on us for:
You may have a fracture if you experience:
The most common cause of fracture is trauma, whether you get injured playing sports or experience an accident like a fall. Certain health conditions can also increase your risk of fracture, including:
The most common test doctors use to diagnose a fracture is an X-ray. An X-ray is a fast procedure that uses small amounts of radioactive energy to take pictures of your bones and internal structures.
For smaller fractures like stress fractures, you may need a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. This imaging test uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create more detailed images than X-rays. Learn more about orthopedic diagnosis at Aurora and the tools we use.
Most fractures require a cast or splint to stabilize the break and keep it from moving. Combined with rest, a cast gives the bone time to heal and “knit” together at the ends.
If a fracture is particularly severe, you may need surgery to repair the limb or joint. In some cases, your surgeon will implant devices like pins or plates to keep your bones in place.
Find out more about orthopedic medicine and surgery.