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What is a Fracture? | Speak to Our Specialist

If you are in need of Assistance for a fracture, call your local orthopedic Center RGVO at 956-686-6510.

What is a fracture?

A fracture is pretty much a broken bone. First thing to remember is that fractures happen when the physical forced applied to your bone is stronger than the bone itself. They are fairly common , generally people will experience a fracture at least twice a year. However, the older you get, the more brittle your bones become and leaves you at a higher risk for fractures.

Types of bone Fractures

  • Comminuted Fracture – This is when the bone shatters into at least 3 pieces.
  • Oblique Fracture – Usually this type of fracture has an angled pattern
  • Transverse Fracture – This has a horizontal fracture line.
  • Open, compound fracture – Probably one of the most gruesome types of fractures to see is the open compound fracture. You will usually see bone sticking out of the skin with these types of fractures
    Stable fracture – Usually nothing too serious, usually means the bones are barely out of place.

Symptoms

The main and most obvious symptom for a fracture would have to be intense pain, almost unbearable.
However there are other symptoms you should know about such as:

  • Deformity – This is your number one indicator of a fracture. Usually when something looks so out of place or your arm/leg bends in a way that doesn’t it shouldn’t you can safely assume there’s an issue there.
  • Swelling – Another Symptom of a fractured bone would have to be swelling. Swelling happens when fluids leak into the soft tissues in your body caused by an injury.
  • Bruising – Bruises can happen very easily and doesn’t always relate to a fractured bone. However if the bruised area is rather large that might be cause for concern , this usually means the damage is more serious.

Treatment for Fractures

There different types of treatment depending on the type of fracture you may have.

    • Casting – The broken bones are put back into their normal place and then wrapped in a plaster or fiberglass to prevent them from moving while they heal.
    • Traction – A realignment of the bones by means of steady pulling force
    • External fixation – This is a little more extreme. Pins are wires are locked through your skin and onto the bone. These pins and wires are then connected to an outside stabilizer to hold everything in place.
    • Internal fixation – This is when the doctors put in either metal rods, wires or screws inside your bone to keep it together.

Fractures are not joke and can cause some serious consequences if not taken care of properly. Be sure you put your fractured bones in the right hands and Call RGVO today! 956-686-6510.

What you should know about Degenerative Joint Disease

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What is Degenerative Joint Disease?

Degenerative join disease, also known as Osteoarthritis (OA) , is when the cartilage that cushions your joints become deteriorated . Unfortunately it is a common wear and tear disease. The most commonly affected joints are the hands, knees, hips, and spine. However this can affect any joint in the body.

General Information

People over the age of 65 are affected the most by degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is a chronic long lasting condition. It can cause a lot of pain, stiffness and a few other symptoms. It is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Over 30 million men and women are affected by this disease.

Factors that contribute to Osteoarthritis

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Gender
  • Sports injuries
  • Physical labor, kneeling, squatting

Symptoms

Osteoarthritis symptoms develop at a slow rate and worsen as time goes by. Signs and symptoms of OA include:

  • Pain – You may feel pain or discomfort after moving certain joints
  • Tenderness – Your joint might feel tender even when the lightest pressure is applied
  • Stiffness – You may experience some stiffness, especially in the morning when you wake up
  • Bone spurs – These are small bits of bone that form around the affected joint. They feel like hard lumps
  • Scraping sounds – You may hear some scraping noises when you move your joints
  • Loss of flexibility – restricted range in movement.

Other Risk factors

Women over the age of 55 are in higher risk of Osteoarthritis. Repetitive motions are also a factor. Infections and rheumatoid arthritis could contribute to OA as well. Additionally, Muscular dystrophy, osteoporosis, sickle cell disease, obesity, hormone and other bone disorders can result in Osteoarthritis.

When to consult a Doctor

You should see a doctor when you experience joint stiffness or pain and doesn’t seem to go away.

Foot Deformities, Diseases and Disorders

Foot Deformities, Deformities and Disorders

Overview

Your feet are one of the most complex parts of your body. The average foot contains about 28 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons! We take about 5,000 steps every day; obviously it is important to keep our feet healthy.

You can divide the foot into three different sections:

  • The forefoot which contains the phalanges, or the toes, and the metatarsals.
  • The midfoot or as we refer to as the arches.
  • The hindfoot, also known as the heel and ankle.

Types of foot Diseases, Deformities, and Disorders

Pes Planus – Commonly referred to as flat foot. Flat foot is one of the most common structural foot deformities. The deformity can be obtained if your ligaments stop being able to support your foot structure due to injury.
Hammer Toes – Hammer toes, named because of their appearance , occur when the joint closest to the foot collapses.
Claw toes – Similar to the Hammer toe, Claw toe occurs when the join closest to the nail collapses.
Both Hammer and Claw Toes are flexible and can be manually straightened out. A soft tissue correction could correct a flexible deformity.
Ingrown Toenail – One of the most common foot disorders. It can be caused by many things such as

  • Inconsistent Growth
  • Cutting a nail to short
  • Changes in bone structure

Athletes foot – Another common condition where the skin of the foot gets infected by fungus. There are two main forms of athletes foot, Acute and Chronic. At first you will see blisters on the arches of the foot, but you may also see the skin between the toes also being affected.

Preparations before seeing a doctor – Before you visit a doctor, you should have the following things in mind and prepared.

  • Reports of family history with any foot disorders.
  • Full report of you and your family’s medical history.
  • The Effectiveness of any treatments and/or medications you are currently on.

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