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Understanding the Basics of Fractures
What are Fractures?
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance repairs fractures with the most effective tools and techniques.
Bone fractures are common injuries that could happen to anyone. Proper movement and joint health ensures you can perform daily activities such as gripping, walking, and lifting. However, whenever you experience a crack or break, pain may limit your range of motion and make day-to-day life more difficult.
The key to proper recovery comes from the expertise of your orthopedic specialist. Our orthopedic and fracture clinic in Kansas City focuses on diagnosis and treatment for many broken bones. With over 140 years of combined service, we utilize the best technologies and techniques customized to each patient.
Causes of Acute/Traumatic Fractures
Acute fractures are sudden injuries that result in a broken bone. The accident itself directly correlates to the injury. Causes may include:
In a National Health Statistics Report, the CDC found that fractures made up 20% of all sports- and recreation-related injuries.
Slip & Fall:
According to the CDC, each year over 1 million Americans suffer from a trip, slip, or fall injury.
There are 540 work injuries per hour, 12,900 work injuries per day, 90,400 work injuries per week, and 7 million work injuries per year.
Motor Vehicle Accident:
Three million people in the U.S. are injured every year in car accidents.
Causes of Fractures
Causes of Chronic/Stress Fractures
Unlike acute fractures, chronic/stress fractures do not stem from a singular catalyst event. Instead, they can occur through repetitive stress on a bone or joint.
An example would be runners fracturing their tibia (shin bone) from over-training or a spike in training.
Insidious Onset Fractures
Chronic/stress fractures can also come from an insidious onset, meaning there is no acute event that caused the fracture.
An example would be the compression fracture of a vertebra (bones comprising the spine) caused by underlying osteoporosis.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance Can Help
No matter the type of fracture you have, our specialized medical providers have the tools needed to manage your condition.
Symptoms & Signs of Fractures
Unless the break is severe, you may not know if you have a fracture without a medical exam and diagnostic studies.
You can watch for symptoms such as:
For children, it may be more difficult to determine whether they have a fracture. If your child has trouble walking or moving a certain area, continues to cry, has unresolved swelling, or you notice a misshaped extremity, visit a pediatric orthopedic specialist right away.
Since children’s bones are somewhat flexible compared to adult bones, surgery is rarely the preferred treatment option.
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How to Prevent Fractures
While fractures aren’t always preventable, there are ways to help strengthen your bones. Foods rich in calcium,vitamin D, and other nutrients promote bone and overall health. You should also implement regular physical activity to maintain healthy bones for years to come.
For chronic/stress fractures, it is important to assess your pain levels. Rather than waiting until the problem becomes severe, note when you feel pain that deters you from your daily activities. It’s often best to seek medical attention from one of our fracture specialists to help manage the problem long-term.
About Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
Meet Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are highly experienced in their respective fields and are considered among the top orthopedic providers in the Midwest.
Along with our Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians deliver the utmost level of dedicated care across a range of subspecialties.
Get help for your fractures from the best orthopedic physicians in Kansas City.
Our care is personal. Our team is knowledgeable. And we’re more available than ever.
With access to board-certified specialists across Kansas City, we have the tools to meet almost every musculoskeletal condition.
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…just did my husbands hands on Wed. last week and can’t believe how well he is doing. We have already recommended you to our son and a few others. Your staff is great and my husband doing well. Thanks to you.
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Dr. Mark Winston is the best. He is a caring and attentive physician who made a very painful injury so much easier for me. The staff is very professional and do an awesome job.
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Dr. Scott Ellsworth is one of the best I have ever worked with. He is knowledgeable, efficient, caring, and knows his patients. He has a special bedside manner that makes any patient in any situation feel comfortable. All of the nurses and office staff are wonderful as well.
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