Fracture Cave Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

The human body contains 206 bones, give or take, which means there’s ample opportunity for fractures. Whether it’s a small fracture in your little toe or a larger break in your thigh bone, Dr. G. Jason Hunt and his team at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation have the experience necessary to help you heal properly, and quickly. If you suspect you’ve fractured one of your bones, call the Tampa, Florida, office for expert diagnosis and treatment, or you can schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Fracture Cave Q & A

What is a fracture?

This seemingly simple question is, in reality, quite complicated. At its core, a fracture is any break in your bone that disrupts the bones continuity and integrity. There are many types of fractures, including:

Stable fractures

A break in which the ends of your bones are within reach of one another, simplifying healing.

Open and compound fractures

Anytime your skin breaks, this is considered an open fracture. It also means that your bones are moderately out of place.

Transverse fractures

This type of fracture describes a break that runs horizontally in your bone.

Oblique fractures

If your fracture features a more angled pattern, this is considered an oblique fracture.

Comminuted fracture

If your bone breaks into three or more pieces, this complex fracture is called comminuted.

The best way to determine the extent of your fracture is to visit the team at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation for a complete diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

If you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, you may experience:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Visual deformity
  • Loss of use (or painful use) of the bone

These symptoms vary depending upon the severity of the fracture, but all cases require prompt care at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation to help your bone heal properly. In fact, untreated fractures can lead to problems down the road as your bone is left vulnerable.

What’s involved in fracture care?

When you come in, the first order of business is to determine whether you have a fracture and what type it is. To do this, Dr Hunt turns to an X-ray, which gives him a clearer picture of the bones in your body. Once he identifies the problem, he designs a treatment plan that best helps your bones heal more quickly. This plan may include:

  • Bracing or splinting
  • Immobilization
  • External fixation
  • Traction
  • Surgery

It’s difficult to say what your treatment may be as it depends upon the location and severity of your fracture. As an orthopedic specialist, Dr. Hunt is adept at finding the right solution for your unique situation that considers your health, your lifestyle, and the nature of the fracture.

To learn more about the fracture care at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, please call or request an appointment using the online booking tool.