Bones fulfill a number of important functions for your body. In addition to enabling movement, they protect your organs and produce red blood cells within the bone marrow. While bones are quite durable, they can break if a strong force is exerted. A fractured or broken bone requires emergency medical care at your community hospital. The physician at the community hospital will evaluate the type and severity of the fracture to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
There are many different types of bone fractures. For example, the physician at your community hospital may diagnose you with stable fracture. This means that the broken ends of the bone have not been significantly displaced from their proper positions. An open fracture means that the bone is visible or is protruding through the skin, whereas a closed fracture indicates that the broken bone is enclosed within the skin.
In most cases, broken bones involve significant pain. You may be unable to move the affected body part or place weight on it. You’re also likely to notice bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the site. In the case of severe fractures, you may notice the affected body part appears deformed. If you have an open fracture, you may notice visible bone.
Bones can fracture under any circumstance in which a force is exerted against the body that is stronger than the bone. Some of the most common causes of bone fractures include car accidents, sports injuries, or other forms of trauma. Community hospital physicians also diagnose bone fractures among those with osteoporosis and those who engage in repetitive motions, which can cause compression fractures and stress fractures, respectively.
The goal of treatment is to realign the broken ends of the bone and to immobilize the body part as the bone heals. It’s common for patients with a broken bone to receive a cast or brace. However, some patients require surgical realignment of the bones before receiving a cast.
Families throughout South Tampa can receive the emergency care they need at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Our community hospital provides 24/7 emergency medical services within comfortable treatment rooms. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital in Tampa at (813) 873-6400.