Orthopedic Surgery located in Lower Manhattan, New York, NY & Flushing, NY
From sports injuries and car accidents to age-related damage, more than a million fractures (broken bones) occur in the United States every year. Skilled orthopedic surgeon Neil Mulchandani, MD, provides expert fracture care at City Orthopedics in Flushing and Chinatown, New York City. If you need advanced fracture care, call or book an appointment online today.
Fracture Care Q & A
What are common types of fractures?
A fracture, or broken bone, is a common injury that causes the shape of a bone to change in response to a great force. Bones can break in a variety of ways. Your fracture may involve a hairline crack that doesn’t cause the bone to move out of alignment, or it may completely shatter the bone into multiple pieces.
The team at City Orthopedics provides excellent fracture care for all types of broken bones, including:
- Hairline (stress) fractures, or thin cracks in the bone
- Transverse fractures, or breaks that occur in a straight line across the bone
- Spiral fractures, where the break twists around the bone in a spiral pattern
- Oblique fractures, which involve a diagonal break across the bone
- Compression fractures, which crush and flatten the bone
- Comminuted fractures, which cause the bone to break into three or more pieces
The experts at City Orthopedics provide individualized fracture care for your specific needs.
What causes fractures?
A fracture may occur any time you encounter a force that’s stronger than your bone. The most common causes of fractures include:
- Falls from a height
- Sports injuries
- Direct contact
Repetitive stress, such as running long distances, is a common cause of stress fractures. Compression fractures in the back bones (vertebrae) may result from a bone-weakening condition called osteoporosis.
How are fractures treated?
First, your City Orthopedics provider evaluates your physical condition and reviews your medical history. The team may take an imaging test, such as an X-ray, to determine the type, location, and severity of your fracture.
Then, they develop a personalized fracture care plan. If your bones are out of alignment, the first step in fracture care is to restore them to a normal position. Then, the team at City Orthopedics immobilizes the bone in a cast or brace so it can heal.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to set the bone in its proper place. Your City Orthopedics surgeon may use metal screws, rods, or plates to support the bone while it heals.
For high-quality fracture care, call City Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.