Fractures Treatment Clinic Questions and Answers
In case of a bone fracture, rush to Minit Medical Urgent Care for a comprehensive checkup and treatment. Our qualified doctors will thoroughly check your injury and provide treatment for your fracture. For more information, please call us or book an appointment. We have 3 convenient locations to serve you in Kahului HI, Kihei HI, and Lahaina HI.
Fractures commonly occur due to auto accidents, sports injuries, or work injuries and can range from mild to severe or life-threatening. At Minit Medical Urgent Care, we can provide treatment for a wide range of fractures that are not life-threatening and do not require surgery. Whether you require a cast, splint, brace, or walking aids, our board-certified physicians and medical professionals can provide you with the treatment that you need to heal quickly and thoroughly. We also offer physical therapy to help you rehabilitate the injured area back to full strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
How do you tell if a bone is fractured or sprained?
It can sometimes be challenging to know if you have experienced a fracture or a sprain, as both are quite painful and cause many of the same symptoms! With that being said, fractures and sprains have some significant differences. For one, a fracture occurs when there is a break or crack in bones, while sprains happen when the ligaments, which are thick bands of tissue that connect bone to bone, are overstretched or torn. With that in mind, X-ray imaging can reveal whether an injury is a fracture or a sprain.
However, there are also some signs to pay attention to indicating whether you have experienced a fracture or a sprain.
If you have experienced a fracture, the pain will likely be most acutely experienced directly on top of the bone, where soft tissue is thin, and gets worse whenever pressure is applied to the break, or the injured limb is moved. As such, you will likely be unable to use or put any weight on a fractured limb. You may also hear a cracking sound at the time of the injury, and the injured area may appear deformed or misshapen. Other symptoms of a fracture include bruising, swelling, numbness, or tingling in the injured area.
With sprains, the pain is mainly felt in the soft tissues that cushion the bones in the injured area. In contrast with the cracking sound that often happens with fractures, sprains often occur with a popping sensation. Moreover, a sprained limb should support a person’s weight, albeit with varying degrees of pain experienced. Other sprain symptoms include bruising, swelling, and significantly limited strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected area.
Does urgent care treat fractures?
Urgent care clinics can diagnose and treat several different fractures, especially those affecting the ankle, foot, hand, or wrist. With that being said, some fractures are more safely treated in an emergency room setting, including fractures that involve breaks in large bones, such as the femur, hip, or pelvis, fractures in the skull, eye, or dental bones, spinal fractures, or compound fractures, in which a piece of bone has broken through the skin.
What happens if a fracture is left untreated?
If a fracture is left untreated, several negative consequences can occur, some of which can be irreversible. Some of these consequences include the following:
- Bone deformities
- Delayed union, in which the bone takes longer than expected to heal
- Increased pain and swelling
- Ligament and muscle damage
- Non-union, in which the bone remains broken and does not heal
- Permanent nerve damage
With that in mind, it is essential to seek professional medical care for any suspected fracture, no matter how mild or severe it may be, to avoid such complications.
If you have experienced a fracture and live in or near Kahului, Kihei, or Lahaina, Hawaii, we welcome you to visit Minit Medical Urgent Care so you can have a proper treatment. We serve patients from Lahaina HI, Kahului HI, Kihei HI, Launiupoko HI, Olowalu Hi, Wailuku HI, Kula HI, Makawao HI, Paia HI, Wailea HI, Haiku HI and Waihee-Waiehu HI.