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Treatment Options for Fractures

If you’ve been diagnosed with a fracture, you may have been recommended several treatment options, such as a casting, surgery, physical therapy, and medications. Below is information regarding each of those treatment options.

Cast

Because a fracture is a break in the bone, healing of a fracture requires that the bone fuses together until the fracture is completely gone. In order for the bone to fuse, it must be kept in place without movement to ensure proper healing. A plaster cast is worn around the area of fracture to ensure that the bone does not move.

Open Reduction/Internal Fixation

Also known as ORIF, open reduction/internal fixation is a procedure in which bones are pinned together and held in place by plates and/or screws under the skin. This option is often used for more serious fractures that are unlikely to heal properly without additional fixation or support. The plates and screws hold the bones in place and allow the facture to heal.

External Fixation

An external fixation is a procedure in which a device that is worn outside the skin is connected to surgical pins or screws that are holding the fracture in place.

Medication

If a doctor is recommending medication after a fracture, it is most likely pain medication. The medications are to be taken as a complement to a larger treatment plan. For example, many patients with fractures take medication along with physical therapy.

If, however, the fracture is “open,” and therefore prone to infection, you will be recommended antibiotics.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is commonly recommended for patients who are healing from fractures. Since a fracture is often restrictive of range of motion, a physical therapist will work with and teach you the proper exercises to regain strength in the muscles surrounding the fracture.

For more information on treatment options for fractures, contact the Orangewood Surgical Center today. Call (714) 221-4236.

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Is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right For You?

If you’ve been experiencing ongoing joint pain you’ve probably, at some point, visited an orthopedist. If this is the case –you may have heard the suggestion for minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to your months (or even years) of more conservative treatments.

Whether you are considering minimally invasive surgery at the recommendation of your doctor, simply want to know more about it, or have never heard the term at all – keep reading to learn more about this increasingly popular treatment method.

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that uses less invasive techniques than traditional forms of surgery. This is usually accomplished through using smaller incisions, and an endoscope (a surgical camera that allows the surgeon to examine the surgical site).

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

In comparison to traditional forms of surgery – where incisions are larger – less invasive procedures have a reduced risk for infection, scarring, and other complications. These techniques also allow for generally faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.

Is minimally invasive surgery right for me? 

This type of procedure is commonly performed on patients who have orthopedic conditions affecting the joints, and who have exhausted other forms of conservative treatments. In order to know if it is right for you, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to assess your conditions and discuss with you the treatment options that are right for you.

For more information on the different types of surgery, and the surgeons at Orangewood Surgical Center, call (714) 221-4236.

 

 

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How Physical Therapy Helps in Recovering From Surgery

How Physical Therapy Helps in Recovering from Surgery

If you have just undergone surgery, or have a surgery scheduled, then physical therapy may be right for you. Here’s why:

1. Helps to Reduce Pain

The choice to undergo surgery is usually made after every other treatment option has failed. This is because surgery, unlike pain medications or injections, can sometimes result in weeks of recovery time and residual pain. This is where physical therapy comes in. Your physical therapist will teach you strengthening and stretching exercises designed to aid the recovery process and keep pain at bay.

2. Increases Range of Motion

Immediately following surgery, you may also experience stiffness. Your body will take time to adjust to the repairs or changes that were made during surgery, which can result in temporary mild inflammation. By seeing a physical therapist, you will not only learn the best exercises to increase flexibility, but you will also be held accountable to perform them regularly – an important part of recovery!

3. Helps Prevents Further Injury

Finally, physical therapy – when done under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist – is crucial to preventing further injuries long after the surgery is done. Even a few weeks of proper physical therapy can help build up the right muscles that will protect bones and tendons from future damage.

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