Orthopedics - Fracture Care

Kaweah Delta: Providing Quality Fracture Care in Visalia

A fracture is a break in the bone that requires professional medical attention. They are often the result of falls, sports injuries or vehicle accidents. Low bone density and osteoarthritis are other causes of bone fractures. If the fracture is the result of trauma or injury, seek medical attention immediately. Call your local emergency service or dial 9-1-1. Otherwise, Kaweah Delta provides exceptional fracture care in Visalia.

If you are unsure whether or not you should seek emergency help, look for the following in the injured person:

  • Unresponsiveness.
  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Visibly deformed joint or limb.
  • Toes or fingers are numb or blue at the tips.

Symptoms of a Fracture

Most bone fracture symptoms appear within a few hours of the initial injury. Symptoms of a fracture include:

  • Tenderness, swelling or bruising around injury
  • Difficulty moving a limb
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Intense pain in the injured area
  • Disfigurement of a hand or foot

Diagnosing & Treating Fractures

Highly experienced physicians use a wide variety of techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat fractures. Technologies that help diagnose bone fractures include X-rays and bone scans.

Bone X-ray. An X-ray is a noninvasive medical test that allows physicians to develop proper treatment through accurate diagnosis. It helps doctors:

  • Diagnose bone fractures and dislocation
  • Guide orthopedic surgery
  • Search for injury and infection
  • Exhibit stabilization or alignment of bone fragments

Bone scan. Your physician may use a bone scan, or a nuclear imaging test, if you have a bone injury that can’t be detected on an X-ray. Minimal amounts of radiation or radioactive materials referred to as ‘tracers’ are injected into your veins. Nuclear images will highlight areas of the body where tracers are gathered. Most often, these are areas where tissues and cells are repairing themselves. The length of the procedure will depend on the severity of your injury. You will have to wait between two to four hours before the images can be taken.

Expert Orthopedic Surgeons at Kaweah Delta

Contact an expert physician today with any questions you may have about processes or procedures. To see a list of exceptional orthopedic surgeons in the area, call (559) 624-3800 or click HERE.