Every year, more than one million people in the United States suffer from a broken bone or fracture. While underlying bone conditions, like osteoporosis, cause some broken bones, most fractures are sustained during an accident, fall, or other types of trauma. The team of board-certified physicians at My Emergency Room 24/7 in San Marcos, Texas provides comprehensive care, including on-site X-rays, for simple fractures, as well as complex breaks. If you think you’ve broken a bone, come in for an immediate injury assessment.
The severity of a bone fracture usually depends on the intensity of the force that caused it. A force that’s only a tad higher than a bone’s flexibility range may cause a minor hairline fracture, while excessive force can shatter the bone.
Most bone fractures are caused by:
No matter what their cause, all bone fractures fall into one of two main categories:
Acute bone fracture care begins with a careful examination and X-ray imaging, which provides clear pictures of your bones and joints. The providers at My Emergency Room 24/7 have an on-site X-ray machine to ensure a quick and accurate diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need quickly.
Whether you have a simple hairline fracture or a painful compound break, acute fracture care follows one basic rule; your bone must be set back into position for it to heal correctly.
For hairline fractures and clean breaks, a splint or a cast usually accomplishes that. More complex breaks often require surgical repair using screws, rods, plates, or pins to hold the bone in place.
If you’re healthy and your bones are relatively strong, partial breaks and hairline fractures may heal in as quickly as a few weeks. If you have a break that requires surgery, however, you can expect your healing process to take several months.
If you’ve fractured a bone, the experienced providers at My Emergency Room 24/7 can help. They’re ready to provide immediate emergency care around the clock, 365 days a year.