Minor FractureFractures can be defined as a break in your bones resulting from injuries likes sprains, strains and dislocation. The doctor will identify the exact nature of your fracture after conducting a proper examination of the injury and by taking X-rays. While minor injuries can be easily taken care of without much medical intervention, the severe ones caused by life threatening injuries take a few months or even up to a year to fully recover.

If are injured but are not sure if you have a minor fracture, it is advisable to get an X-Ray done. Owl Now Urgent Care is open 24/7. Our doctors are highly experienced and will attend to you right away.

Understanding The Different Types Of Fractures

All fractures not withstanding, their cause can be classified into two major categories: simple and compound.

• Simple

A simple or closed fracture can be defined as a clean break in your bone which doesn’t penetrate the overlying skin.

• Compound

A compound or open fracture involves broken bones which penetrates the overlying skin, making your tissues and bones visibly exposed.

Treating The Bone Fracture

Whether you have a broken leg, sprained knee, sprained ankle, broken arm or just a hairline fracture, the first thing you need to do is visit an urgent care clinic. The only minor fracture which doesn’t necessitate a visit to the hospital emergency is a fracture at the tip of your toe. The first thing your doctor is going to do is perform an X-ray scan to determine the extent of your injuries.

Whenever a bone in your body is broken the first step in repairing consists of taking an x-ray. X-rays are required even for minor fractures since it helps the doctor to get a clear picture of the injury. It would help to determine whether the bones have been broken into fragments, if there is just a hairline crack or if the tendons, ligaments and muscles are torn or detached.

After evaluating the nature of the damage your doctor would prescribe a treatment for your fracture. In many cases the displaced bone ends are maneuvered back into its original position manually by the doctor. In some cases this process might involve the use of an anesthetic or even a full-fledged operation.

If you have suffered a compound break then the wound would have to be treated first before setting the bone.

After placing the fracture back in position, the area would be immobilized for several weeks so as to facilitate the healing process. In most cases the doctors make use of a rigid cast to so as to allow the broken bones to reunite firmly.