Updated: May 16
Fractures are a common type of injury that can result from various causes, including work injuries, car accidents, and sports injuries. In New York, there are thousands of reported cases of fractures each year, with varying degrees of severity.
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When it comes to treating fractures, it is essential to consult with an orthopedic specialist or a bone doctor. These doctors are highly trained in diagnosing and treating fractures, and they can provide the necessary care to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible.
There are different types of fractures that can occur, including:
Closed fractures: These occur when the bone breaks but does not penetrate the skin.
Open fractures: These occur when the bone breaks and pierces the skin, increasing the risk of infection.
Displaced fractures: These occur when the bone breaks into two or more pieces and moves out of its normal position.
The severity of the fracture will depend on the type and location of the injury. Some fractures can be treated with non-surgical methods, such as casting or bracing, while others may require surgery to properly realign the bone.
Bone fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Trauma: This is the most common cause of bone fractures and can result from falls, car accidents, sports injuries, and other types of physical trauma.
Osteoporosis: This is a medical condition that weakens the bones, making them more susceptible to fractures.
Overuse: Repeated stress or overuse of a bone can cause tiny fractures, known as stress fractures.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as bone cancer, can weaken the bones and make them more prone to fractures.
Age: As we age, our bones become more brittle and are more likely to fracture.
Nutritional deficiencies: A lack of calcium and vitamin D can weaken the bones and make them more susceptible to fractures.
Genetic factors: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to bone fractures.
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a bone fracture, as prompt treatment can help prevent further damage and promote proper healing.
In New York, the number of fractures reported each year varies by location. For example, according to the New York State Department of Health, in 2018, there were over 5,000 reported cases of fractures in the Bronx alone. Manhattan had the highest rate of fractures, with over 10,000 reported cases.
Even professional athletes are not immune to fractures. For example, NBA player Kevin Durant suffered a fractured foot during the 2014-2015 season, while NFL quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle during a game in 2020. Both underwent surgery and received extensive rehabilitation to recover from their injuries.
If you have suffered a fracture, it is important to seek prompt medical attention and follow your doctor's instructions for proper treatment and rehabilitation. With proper care, most fractures can heal completely and allow you to return to your normal activities.
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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. (2021). Fractures (broken bones). Retrieved from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/fractures-broken-bones/
ESPN. (2020). Dak Prescott's road back: Inside the QB's grueling rehab from a severe ankle injury. Retrieved from https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31043084/dak-prescott-road-inside-qbs-grueling-rehab-severe-ankle-injury
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