Skeletal Injuries: Always a Possibility
Falls, trips, sports activities, or car accidents can cause skeletal injuries. Interestingly, vacation periods, with increased movement and activities, heighten this risk.
Diagnosis with X-rays and CT Scans
Initially, we conduct a clinical exam. We rely on X-rays and sometimes complement them with CT scans for thorough confirmation.
Treating Common Injuries
For toe injuries, typically caused by stubbing, we bind the broken toe to its neighbor, and in rare cases, we opt for surgery.
Ankle injuries, involving either ligament damage or fractures, are managed by immobilizing the joint. Our clinic provides removable boots for such injuries, and surgery becomes necessary for fractures.
Kneecap fractures, which hinder leg lifting, require surgery. For other knee injuries like meniscus or ligament tears, we use immobilizing devices to alleviate pain until further treatment decisions.
Elderly patients commonly experience hip fractures, treated immediately with surgery. We aim for the patient to walk on the same day. Misleading stable fractures sometimes necessitate a CT scan.
For rib fractures, we monitor the initial 48 hours to prevent lung puncture and pneumothorax, followed by pain management.
Wrist fractures, usually from falls, are treated by realigning the bone and applying a cast for four weeks, preferably under mild sedation.
Young individuals with shoulder fractures undergo surgery, while older adults often heal with a specialized sling.
These examples cover just a few injury types.
For any injury, please contact us right away.