Broken Bones Specialist

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Broken Bones services offered in Fallbrook, CA

A broken bone is not an uncommon injury, but the pain it causes can be extensive. At MedPlus Urgent Care in Fallbrook, California, Graydon W. Skeoch, MD, MBA, and the team evaluate and treat fractures varying from mild stress fractures to complete fractures that break the bone into pieces. For top-tier fracture care, call MedPlus Urgent Care for same day Telemedicine appointment, or walk in for a visit today. 

Broken Bones Q&A

What are broken bones?

Broken bones are also called bone fractures. They range from mild cracks in bone no thicker than a human hair to complete fractures, which fully split the bone into multiple pieces. 

Fractures tend to happen in car accidents, while playing sports, or from falls, but you can also get a mild fracture called a stress fracture, which develops after repeated stress on a certain bone. 

The team at MedPlus Urgent Care invites you in for fracture care. If you have a broken bone, the team starts with a brief visual exam and asks about your symptoms and level of pain. They can examine a broken bone up close with advanced X-ray imaging in the office. 

Once they know the type and location of the broken bone you have, the MedPlus Urgent Care team develops a custom care plan to help the bone heal properly and restore function to the injured body part. 

How do I know if I have a broken bone?

Bone fractures have similar symptoms to many other musculoskeletal injuries, and there are a few indicators to watch for after an injury. The location of your symptoms, of course, depends on the specific bone that broke. 

Common signs of a bone fracture include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function of an affected limb
  • A change in the appearance of the body part (e.g. a bony protrusion, an unusual bend)

Complex bone fractures often happen with other injuries too, like sprains and strains. The team at MedPlus Urgent Care identifies every specific injury and plans your treatment accordingly. 

How are broken bones treated?

Treating a broken bone can be simple or complicated according to the size and depth of the fracture. When a bone doesn’t split into multiple pieces, surgery typically is not necessary. 

Treatment almost always involves some type of immobilization, like with a cast or splint. This holds the bone in an optimal position as it heals. Some particularly large fractures require metal rods or plates to hold the pieces of bone together, but this is only necessary in severe cases. 

The time it takes a broken bone to heal depends on the bone’s size and the severity of the fracture. Healing tends to slow down with age, so your healing time is shorter on average when you’re younger. 

If you have signs of a broken bone, call MedPlus Urgent Care for same day Telemedicine appointment, or walk in for a visit today.