Broken Bones and Fractures Treatment Q and A
It can be pretty concerning when you have a broken bone or fracture, as you may not be sure how serious it is. At AFC Urgent Care Santee, we'd like to help you determine what to do and where to go for treatment, so here's a bit of a Q & A on broken bones and fractures treatment. Come see us right away if you have a minor broken bone/fracture, or keep reading to learn more. Call us for more information, or schedule an appointment online.
Is a broken bone different from a fracture?
Actually, no, a broken bone is the same thing as a fracture. With a broken bone/fracture, the person has a break in a bone. This can be minor or major. When a broken bone punctures the skin, this is an example of a major fracture known as an open or compound fracture which requires attention at the ER (emergency room). There are other instances when a fracture is major. When a fracture is major (life-threatening), it must be handled by an ER doctor, but when a fracture is minor, it can be handled by an urgent care doctor.
Can urgent care treat a broken bone?
Urgent care is the best place to go for a broken bone so long as it's minor (non-life-threatening). With urgent care, you won't have to make an appointment, you won't have to wait long to see a doctor, and you'll be treated practically right on the spot. Urgent care clinics exist primarily for the treatment of minor injuries and conditions, and a minor fracture is the perfect example of one and an instance of when to go to urgent care. Don't hesitate to go to urgent care for a minor broken bone, as it can worsen.
How do I know if I have a minor broken bone?
First of all, it's important to have a minor broken bone professionally diagnosed and professionally treated, as it can become more serious or lead to serious complications. Also, it can be hard to tell whether you have a minor fracture, but an urgent care doctor can easily tell. You'll know to go see an urgent care doctor if you're experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- Pain, swelling, bruising, warmth, and/or redness in the area you injured
- Trouble using or moving the body part you injured
- A deformity in the area you injured, which may be hard to notice
Those are the symptoms of a minor fracture. If you see serious symptoms and if it could be a major fracture, call 911 and seek emergency care. If you aren't sure about the severity of the symptoms or fracture, call 911.
What is the best treatment for broken bones?
If you have a minor broken bone or if a loved one does, or if you suspect a minor broken bone, you should protect the injured area, apply pressure to the area if there's any minor bleeding, and come to urgent care right away. At our clinic, an appointment isn't necessary, and we'll be able to address the matter right away.
For minor broken bones, an X-ray is necessary or possibly a CT scan. An urgent care clinic like ours can provide such diagnostic tests as well as treatments for broken bones. A broken bone must be set back in its natural position and held there for it to heal and to help prevent the fracture from worsening. One of our doctors will reset the bone then use a splint or cast to treat the fracture. Pain medication can be provided too.
Where can I get broken bone treatment near me?
You can get evaluated, diagnosed, and treated right here at AFC Urgent Care Santee. We're located over at 10538 Mission Gorge Road Suite 100, Santee, CA 92071, and we're available 7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm. Our services are available on a walk-in basis. So long as the fracture is minor, we can help, and you can just come right over for immediate service right on the spot.
We hope to see you soon here at AFC Urgent Care Santee!