Clear Choice Emergency room offers emergency services for both adult and pediatric fractures—a medical term for a broken bone.
If you experience a fall or some sort of trauma to a bone, it is critical that you immediately have the bone evaluated by a skilled physician to ensure proper healing. Without immediate care, the bone may heal improperly, hindering future use of the extremity.
Physicians and staff at Clear Choice can immediately determine the severity of your injury and offer the appropriate treatment, without the usual long waiting lines at a traditional, hospital-based ER.
There are several different types of bone fractures. Your Clear choice provider will examine the bone in question and review the X-rays. If the bone is broken, our physician will evaluate the type of fracture and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Of the several different types of fractures, the main categories are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed. Displaced and non-displaced fractures refer to the alignment of the fractured bone.
In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that the two ends are not lined up straight. If the bone is in many pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture. In a non-displaced fracture, the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and maintains its proper alignment.
A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin. This is an important difference from a closed fracture because with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection.
Signs and symptoms of a broken bone include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone
- Deformity of an arm or leg
- Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied
- An inability to bear weight on the affected foot, ankle, or leg
- Loss of function in the injured area
- In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin
If you think you or someone you’re with may have fractured a bone, head to Clear Choice Emergency Room for high-quality medical care, without the long-wait times typical of most hospital emergency rooms. We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and at any given time, you will be seen by a board certified, highly experienced emergency care physician.