Orthopaedic physicians deal with the musculoskeletal system of the body. They are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, conditions and injuries associated with the bones, joints, and nerves. Fractures, therefore, are best addressed by orthopaedic specialists.
Fractures occur when a bone of the body breaks either partially or fully. Most fractures produce immediate symptoms, such as:
- Immobility or lack of function
- Change in appearance of the area
- Possibly even a protruding bone
Most fractures require immediate medical attention and fracture patients that require surgery should be seen by a fracture surgeon.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a fractured bone, call Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at 1-800-321-9999. Our physicians are experts in each subspecialty, so whether your fracture is in your wrist or your leg, we can offer the care and treatment options you need.
Conditions Seen by a Fracture Surgeon
Orthopaedic Trauma Fractures: Many of the fractures we see at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute are the result of orthopaedic trauma injuries. These are often caused by accidents, falls, and contact sports. Surgeries for orthopaedic trauma fractures reposition the bone, secure it in place with either internal hardware or external fixators and are sometimes followed up by physical therapy or possibly even a subsequent surgery.
Geriatric Fractures: As bones age, they often weaken and at the onset of osteoporosis, fractures are common in older, active adults. If you’re looking for a fracture surgeon who also specializes in treating conditions common to an aging population, you’ve come to the right place. Our physicians have the experience and expertise to offer outstanding patient outcomes and restored mobility.
Periarticular Fractures: These kinds of fractures occur in or adjacent to a joint. They can cause severe pain, limit mobility and often cause additional injury to the surrounding tissue in the joint. Because periarticular fractures are more complex, they should be addressed by an experience orthopaedic fractures surgeon like those who practice at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. These kinds of fractures are most commonly found in:
the distal femur
Periprosthetic Fractures: Patients who fracture a bone in a limb that contains a prosthetic joint fall into a specific category and require unique care. At Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we are known for joint replacement replacement surgeries, but we are also unparalleled in the Delaware Valley for our expertise in managing cases of periprosthetic fractures. In these cases, our fracture surgeon will also strive to preserve the original joint replacement, but if that is not possible, a revision replacement procedure can be done.