Fracture Care

Eggleston Orthopedics

Steven D. Eggleston , M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Lake Jackson, TX

Although there are many types of fractures that differ in severity, they all have one thing in common: they need immediate fracture care and immobilization to support healing. Dr. Steven D. Eggleston is an expert in fracture care with years of experience helping patients of all ages regain optimal strength and mobility. If you develop a fracture, schedule an appointment by calling Eggleston Orthopedics in Lake Jackson, Texas, or by using the online booking feature.

Fracture Care Q & A

What are the most common causes of fractures?

Fractures are most often caused by:

Trauma

When your bones are fully developed and healthy, it takes a lot of force to cause a fracture. In most cases, that type of force is delivered through trauma due to sports injuries, falls, and car accidents.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when your bones lose calcium at a faster rate than your body can replace it, which leads to weak, brittle bones. When you have osteoporosis, you can suffer a fracture with very little force, including compression fractures in your spine.

Overuse injuries

Stress fractures develop over years of repeating the same activities. These small cracks most often affect the weight-bearing bones in your lower leg and foot.

 

What symptoms develop due to a fracture?

Fractures cause a classic group of symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Deformity when the bone is displaced
  • Difficulty or inability to use the affected body part

In a severe fracture, the bone may break through your skin.

 

What are the different types of fractures?

You can sustain many types of fractures, so these are only a few examples:

  • Stable fracture, when the broken bones remain properly aligned
  • Transverse fracture, when the fracture line is horizontal
  • Oblique fracture, when the bone breaks at an angle
  • Comminuted fracture, when your bone breaks into three or more pieces

An open or compound fracture occurs when you have an open wound that exposes the bone or when the bone protrudes through your skin.

 

What should I expect from fracture care?

Your fracture care proceeds through two general stages:

Stabilization and immobilization

All types of fractures must be stabilized and immobilized to ensure the bone heals properly. Dr. Eggleston may need to stabilize the fracture by putting the broken pieces into their normal position and holding them in place with screws, plates, rods, or frames. Immobilization is achieved with a cast, splint, or brace, depending on the fracture.

Rehabilitation

You’ll begin rehabilitation as soon as you can move the area without affecting the healing process. The timing varies depending on individual healing rates and the severity of your fracture, so Dr. Eggleston will determine when the time is right for you.

Rehabilitation in the form of structured exercise and physical therapy is essential to facilitate optimal healing, restore movement and flexibility, and regain muscle strength.

When you need fracture care, you can depend on the experience and gentle touch of Dr. Eggleston. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call Eggleston Orthopedics or book an appointment online.