Minor Fractures

Why X-Rays are Necessary for Treating Fractures

X-ray image of a human armAnyone who shows up in an Urgent Care to have a broken bone treated should expect to also have X-rays taken of their fracture. The reason for this is quite simple. Even if there is a bone poking through your skin, the doctor will order imaging to be done so he can determine the full extent of your injuries.

Suspect that you might have a fracture because you are in pain when you move about? Come to Owl Now Urgent Care immediately for X-rays and proper treatment.

Not all Fractures are the Same

Not all bone breaks are clean, and you may have caused more damage to the bones or the tissues surrounding them than you might realize, especially if you waited to have treatment. Even a stress fracture of the foot can be walked on with considerable pain but it can be done, and patients will often wait too long before coming in for treatment, especially if it occurred over a weekend or during sports related events.

The injuries associated with broken bones are more common than most people might think, and all of us will have broken at least one or two bones in our lifetimes. Children are very resilient, and will recover from a break easier than adults will and the very old need more time to recover, so any broken bone they experience can become quite serious because their bones are brittle with age.

X-Rays Present a Clearer Picture of the Extent of the Injury

The main reason the doctor will order X-rays to be taken when presented with what might be a fracture is so that they can have a clear view of the injury. Bones have been known to break into fragments or shift completely out of alignment following the break. Muscles, ligaments and tendons can be torn or detached when a bone is cracked or broken and some breaks such as broken ribs, can easily go unnoticed without X-rays.

Once the images are taken and evaluated, then your doctor will know the extent of the damage, and will be able to treat you accordingly. If the bone has broken the skin, the wound will have to be opened and any fragments removed before setting the bone itself. It will also have to be cleaned out to reduce any chance of infection from being exposed to the air.

X-Rays Help Pin-Point Treatment Options

Some breaks can be set easy and a cast applied to immobilize the bone until it heals. Still others, like broken ribs, are not as easy to fix. The best that can be done for ribs, for example, is to wrap tape tightly about the chest to reduce movement so that they might have a chance to heal. A broken foot or a broken toe bone can only be immobilized with a boot cast, because the smaller bones are harder to set in place.