Bone Fracture Specialist

Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Specialists located in Sunnyvale, TX & Inside of Pediatric Depot, Terrell, TX

Jeff Zhao, DO provides expert care at the Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute to patients from Sunnyvale, Texas and the greater east Dallas area who have sustained bone fractures.

Bone Fracture Q & A

How Are Bone Fractures Treated?

Fracture care is an in-depth area of orthopedics that addresses each stage of recovery following a bone fracture, far beyond resetting a bone and applying a cast. The initial stage of fracture care involves emergency care, diagnosis, and setting and splinting. Some bone fractures do not require surgery, but still need special attention and care to ensure the bone heals properly. Surgical fracture care is complex and can involve extensive post-operative care including external hardware, traction, slings, and extensive physical and occupational therapy. In fact, most fractures require some form of physical or occupational therapy. Each patient follows his or her own journey through recovery, beginning with emergency care through to rehabilitation. The types of treatment and therapy needed are determined by the type of fracture the patient has sustained.

How Can I Tell if I’ve Broken a Bone?

Most bone fractures don’t break the skin so you can’t necessarily see the fracture. Fractures occur after accidents such as falling or being hit with an object. The 3 most common signs of a broken bone are severe pain, swelling, and deformity. In some cases, patients may hear a snap or grinding noise when the injury occurs. It is common to feel pain when weight is put on the injury or when it is touched or moved. Many patients also experience faintness, dizziness or nausea when a bone is broken. If you think you have broken a bone, it is essential to seek emergency care. The more quickly you receive treatment the sooner you will be out of pain and on your way to recovery.

What Are Different Treatments for Bone Fractures?

Depending on the kind of fracture experience, patients may have the broken bone and surrounding area immobilized with a plaster cast. This is the most common treatment for broken bones as it holds the bones in place while the bone tissue re-knits. When some mobility is permissible, the patient may wear a functional cast or brace to allow controlled or limited movement. When the fracture is severe, traction may be necessary to gently pull the bones into correct alignment during the healing process or external fixation which uses metal pins or screws attached to both the bone a metal frame outside of the body to hold the bones in place.

Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute is dedicated to making every effort to get payment from your insurance company. Please understand, it is the patients’ responsibility to keep the doctor’s office up to date with current insurance information and make them aware of any insurance changes. If proper notification is not made, the patient may be responsible for charges not covered at the time of service by the insurance company. If an insurance company requires a referral from the primary care physician, it is the patients’ responsibility to have this in place before the visit. The patient may receive a bill for the full charges of any items and services, or have to pay out-of-network cost-sharing under their health plan if the above requirements are not met. If you are paying as a “self-pay” patient, please understand that amounts paid will not count toward your health plan’s deductible or out-of-pocket limit.

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