There are typically only a few symptoms related to a fracture. If you or your athlete has suffered a fracture, the pain levels will vary depending on the location and type of fracture. Other common symptoms are swelling and/or bruising and an inability to bear weight or move the affected body part at all.
The most obvious type of fracture is an open fracture, where a bone has been broken due to a severe trauma and the skin is pierced by the bone. There are also various types of closed fractures, where a bone break does not break the skin.
Common types of fractures include:
Proper diet and exercise may help in preventing some fractures. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D will promote bone strength. Weight-bearing exercise also helps keep bones strong.
Treatment and recovery time vary based on the severity and location of a fracture, but a period of immobilization and rest is almost always required for complete healing.
If you or your athlete suspects a stress fracture or has a recently sustained fracture that requires follow-up care, request an appointment online with one of our sports medicine specialists at OAK Orthopedics or call (815) 669-5081.