Bone Fracture | DrBurke


A fracture occurs anytime a bone breaks. Every bone has its own strength so there are different types of fractures depending on the cause and severity. For athletes, fractures are usually from a sudden impact during sporting events. A harsh fall, landing or collision can fracture any bone in the body. Orthopedic specialists like Dr. Burke use high-tech imaging and x-rays to look for bone fractures. A bone fracture is a common injury in sports medicine.

Bone Fracture Causes

Anything that causes a broken bone is technically a cause of bone fractures. Athletes in contact sports like football, hockey and wrestling have a higher risk of breaking their bones. Other bone fracture causes include the following list:

  • Hard landings or falls to the ground
  • Strong and direct hits to the bone
  • Orthopedic conditions that weaken the bones

Fractures can be a minor injury to the bone or a total break. The specific cause of the fracture will determine what kind of break or injury affects the athlete and their bones.

Bone Fracture Symptoms

Whenever there is a broken bone from sports, there will be chronic pain. Painful aching will fill the specific area of the body after a fracture. Some patients can pinpoint the exact moment when the bone breaks. Other fracture symptoms look and feel like:

  • Bruising around the broken bone
  • Instant swelling near the fracture
  • The bone cannot stay straight
  • The broken bone cannot carry any weight
  • Numbness around the injury
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Bone Fracture Treatments with Dr. Burke Orthopedics

A fracture is completely unpredictable. Beside wearing protective gear and padding, there is no way for athletes to tell if they must leave the game for a broken bone. Dr. Burke works with all athletes so they can fully heal and return to the field, court or track. So, at Dr. Burke Orthopedics, our staff uses the following forms of fracture treatments:

  • Casts or splints that cover the bone for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Reconstructive surgery to realign the bones
  • Physical therapy sessions after surgery and casting