Sprains, Broken Bones, & Fractures
There are 206 bones in your body, and while they are generally tough against daily use and wear, there are many ways to incur sprains, fractures, or breaks in arms, legs, wrists, shoulders, and other areas of the body. Fractures and broken bones can occur due to falls, harsh impact to the body, and other bodily trauma. Those with osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken bone are more susceptible to such injuries.
If you notice any of the following, you may have a broken bone or fracture:
- Pain or tenderness
- Deformity of affected body part
- Loss or weakened function
Different types of injuries can result in various types of fractures or breaks, including:
- Stable Fracture
- Oblique Fracture
- Stress Fracture (typically as a result of overuse or athletics)
- Open, Compound Fracture
- Transverse Fracture
Whether you know for certain or suspect you’ve broken or fractured a bone, it’s critical to seek treatment as soon as possible. Our urgent care, ExpressOrtho at Chatham Orthopaedic Associates, is staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners that will assess your condition and provide a treatment plan, which may include a follow-up visit with one of our orthopaedic physicians or physical therapy team members.
Treatment Options for Sprains & Broken Bones
Depending on the specifics of your injury, and what treatments you’ve already received, Chatham Orthopaedic Associates’ staff will develop a custom treatment plan for you.
In lieu of an emergency room visit, our urgent care location in Savannah offers the following immediate treatment options:
- Sling: Used for arm or shoulder breaks to hold the limb in a specific position.
- Functional Cast, Brace, or Splint: Similar to a sling, but rigid, often used for fractures.