Broken bones require specialized knowledge and care for proper healing. Dr. Arthur Lee is a highly trained orthopedic physician who specializes in the treatment of fractures of the hand, wrist, foot and ankle. If broken bones in these areas do not receive the correct care, it can have a lifelong effect on mobility and range of motion. With the use of onsite digital x-rays at his office in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Lee provides expert diagnosis and treatment for many different kinds of fractures involving the elbow, shoulder, tibia, knee, femur, pelvis and spine.
Bones are the hardest tissues in your body, but they can split or break under too much pressure or force. Fractures can occur in a variety of ways. The most common causes of fractures are traumatic injuries, prolonged stress from overuse, and bone-weakening diseases, such as osteoporosis or tumors.
There are many types of fractures. They can range from a hairline crack to a bone that has broken into several pieces. Some simple fractures can be treated right in our office, while more complex breaks may require surgery. Non-operative treatments for fractures may include braces, orthotics or casts.
Some of the common traumatic fractures we see include:
- Stress fracture – a hairline crack that occurs as a result of overuse; it is most commonly seen in the lower leg or foot, typically among athletes
- Complete fracture - the bone is completely broken into separate pieces
- Incomplete or partial fracture - a crack that does not completely break the bone into two pieces
- Greenstick fracture - an incomplete fracture that occurs when the bones bends but does not completely break; it is more common in children
- Comminuted - the bones are broken into several pieces; this type of fracture typically occurs as a result of a high impact trauma or osteoporosis
- Compound or open fracture - bone fragments penetrate the skin
- Simple or closed fracture - bone fragments do not penetrate the skin
- Nondisplaced - the bone is broken but maintains its alignment
- Displaced - the bone is broken and fragments are out of position
Learn more about fracture care in our Patient Education Library. For the highest quality orthopedic fracture care in Cincinnati, Ohio, call Dr. Arthur Lee at (513) 232-6677, or request an appointment online.