Dr Loseli treats fractures in both kids and adults.
Upper & Lower Limb Fractures in kids (paediatric) and adults
Whether a fracture (broken bone) is caused by a fall, a car accident, or some other type of trauma, an orthopaedic surgeon has the expertise to help repair the broken bone and get you back on your feet. The most common type of fracture treatment is to set the bone into place and then immobilise it with a cast or splint. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the orthopaedic surgeon may need to perform surgery to properly set the bone in place, known as open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision to expose the fracture and manually set the bone pieces into place. Metal plates, screws, or pins are then used to keep them in position while they heal. Surgery may also be necessary to repair any soft tissue damage that has occurred because of the fracture.
When a fracture is more severe, an orthopaedic surgeon may use an external fixator (exfix). This device consists of metal rods that are placed on either side of the bone and connected with screws or clamps. The rods can be adjusted to realign the bones, and the surgeon can then use plaster or metal screws to hold them in place. Regardless of the type of fracture treatment used, it is important that patients follow their orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions for recovery and rehabilitation. This will help ensure that the bones heal properly, and that function is restored.
Physical therapy may be recommended after a fracture to help restore strength and range of motion. Depending on the severity of the fracture, physical therapy can involve stretching, strengthening exercises, and massage. The therapist will work with the patient to ensure that they are performing the exercises correctly and safely to maximise their recovery. Fractures are serious injuries, but with proper treatment from an orthopaedic surgeon, they can usually be repaired and you can get back to living your life. If you’ve sustained a fracture, contact Dr Loseli to discuss your treatment options.
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