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About Fractures at Cascade Orthopedics

Millions of people break a bone every year in the United States. These fractures may affect any bone in the body and may be simple or complex. No matter the location or severity of the break, fractures benefit from treatment by experts at Cascade Orthopaedics in Auburn and Bonney Lake For expert fracture care, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today. Fractures will be seen within 24 hours. 

Fractures Q & A

What are the types of fractures?

There are many types of fractures. The severity of your break determines the type, including:

Stable fracture

If you have a broken bone that’s barely out of place, you have a stable fracture.

Open fracture

An open fracture means your broken bone pierces the skin.

Transverse fracture

With a transverse fracture, the break in the bone is horizontal.

Oblique fracture

An oblique fracture means you have an angled break in the bone.

Comminuted fracture

If your bone is broken in several places or it’s in pieces, you have a comminuted fracture.

The team at Cascade Orthopaedics are experienced orthopaedic surgeons who treat all types of fractures, including wrist fractures and upper and lower extremity fractures resulting from trauma. They also provide expert care for pediatric fractures.

What are the symptoms of fractures?

Fracture symptoms vary and may depend on the location and severity of the fracture. Some fractures cause obvious symptoms, like a deformity, while others may be less noticeable, causing pain you may dismiss as a sprain or strain.

No matter the severity of your symptoms, if you have an injury and suspect you may have a broken bone, you need to set up an evaluation at Cascade Orthopaedics to confirm or rule out a fracture.

What happens during an evaluation for fractures?

Your doctor conducts a patient-centered exam when you come in with concerns about a fracture. They review the details of the injury and examine the body part causing your symptoms.

Cascade Orthopaedics has on-site imaging, so the team orders testing to determine the type of fracture you have so to provide the best possible care.

What are the treatment options for fractures?

Treatment for fractures depends on the severity of the break. Cascade Orthopaedics spends time talking to you about your fracture and the treatments needed to heal the bone. 

For a simple fracture, your doctor may only need to place you in a cast or brace, immobilizing the bones so they can heal. Sometimes, they may use traction — gently pulling the bones — to align the bones before bracing.

For complex fractures, the team at Cascade Orthopaedics performs fracture surgery using pins, screws, or plates to position the bones back in place for proper healing.

Fractures take six or more weeks to heal.

For expert fracture care from a skilled orthopaedic surgeon, call Cascade Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment online today.