Fracture Management

Andrew B Richardson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Knee and Hip Replacement Specialist located in Honolulu, HI & Waipahu, HI

Fracturing a bone is a painful and disabling experience, but with the right treatment, you can recover and be as good as new. Skilled orthopedic surgeon Andrew B. Richardson, MD, has considerable expertise and experience in managing your recovery from all kinds of fractures at his practice with locations in Honolulu, Waipio, and Kahului, Hawaii. Call the branch closest to you today to find out how you could benefit from fracture management or book an appointment online.

Fracture Management Q & A

What is a fracture?

If you have a fracture, it means one of your bones is broken. You can fracture any bone in your body, and fractures can take many forms. 

Your bones have a little flexibility to help prevent fractures, but they do have limits. If they come under enough force, bones can crack, snap in two, or shatter into many pieces.

As you get older, your bones naturally lose some strength and density. Many older people have a disease called osteoporosis, which causes bones to become brittle. This significantly increases the risk of fractures.

What kinds of fractures are there?

The main kinds of fracture are:

Stable fracture

This is a straightforward fracture where the ends of the broken bone are still in line with each other.

Transverse and oblique fractures

A transverse fracture means the break is on a horizontal line. An oblique fracture means the break is on an angled line.

Open/compound fracture

If you can see the broken bone sticking out of your skin or the wound is deep enough to expose the bone, you have a compound or open fracture. Open fractures are far more likely to develop infections in the tissue and bone.

Comminuted fracture

A bone that fractures into multiple pieces.

Stress fracture

Overuse of the bone or repetitive movements over long periods can cause microfractures in the bone.

How are fractures treated?

The treatment Dr. Richardson uses for your fracture depends on which of your bones is affected, the type of break, and how bad the break is. He also takes into account your age and overall health when determining a plan to help manage your fracture and its recovery.

A stable fracture can heal without you needing surgery if the bones are nicely aligned. More complex fractures require surgical intervention, which might involve using screws, plates, and other types of fixtures.

To help manage your fracture, some of your treatments include:

  • Cast immobilization
  • Functional cast or brace
  • Traction
  • External fixation
  • Open reduction and internal fixation
  • Partial joint replacement
  • Total joint replacement

Regardless of how Dr. Richardson repairs your fracture, completing a course of physical therapy is essential for a successful recovery. A skilled physical therapist can help you heal, build up strength in the damaged area, and prevent shortening or seizing of muscles and connective tissues.

For expert fracture management and optimal recovery, visit the office of Andrew B. Richardson, MD. Call today or book an appointment online.