You might think it is simply the care of broken bones, but fracture care is an in-depth area of orthopedics that addresses each stage of recovery following a fracture. The initial stage of fracture care involves emergency care, diagnosis, and setting and splinting. There is also the consideration and treatment for fractures that do not require surgery. Surgical fracture care is complex and can involve complicated situations such as external hardware. Following orthopedic surgery is postoperative fracture care which might include traction. Most fractures require some form of physical or occupational therapy. Where each patient is in their recovery, which ranges from emergency care to rehabilitation, is dictated by the type of fracture he or she has sustained and the care involved in helping them recover.
All of the doctors at Denver-Vail Orthopedics are trained and experienced in treating and caring for bone fractures. Care and treatment following an injury may expose the patient to the benefits of an orthopedic specialist such as someone who specializes in reconstructive surgery of the hand or wrist, ankle or foot, or of the spinal column.
Shin splints are not fractures, they are actually tears in the muscles where they attach to the lower part of your leg. Stress fractures, however, often mimic the symptoms experienced by shin splints. It is always a good idea to have your legs examined if you feel pain as the problem could be shin splints or stress fractures. The rule of thumb for seeking care is: if the pain in your leg reoccurs or if it prevents you from doing your normal activities, it needs an evaluation by a doctor. Many times people assume they have shin splints, when in fact, they have stress fractures. Both shin splints and stress fractures are easier to treat before they become more serious.