Fracture Treatment in Laredo, TX
Your bones are naturally strong, but if a bone is hit with a greater force than it can bear, it may break (fracture) and require treatment. Some common causes of broken bones include car accidents, falls, and sports-related collisions.
Several factors can increase your chances of sustaining a fracture. As you get older, your bones will gradually become more brittle, which can make them more likely to break under pressure. You may also be at higher risk for fractures if you have low bone density (osteoporosis) or poor nutrition, or if you smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or do not get enough exercise.
Bone fracture treatment can vary depending on the severity of the break. For instance, a bone may develop a minor hairline crack (stress fracture), break into two or more pieces, or completely shatter.
Where to Go for Fracture Treatment
To ensure proper healing, it is important to seek treatment for a fracture right away. Some broken bones are serious injuries that require immediate treatment in a hospital emergency room. We urge you to go directly to the nearest ER if your injury involves your head or spine or if you have:
- Spurting blood
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- A bone that has pierced your skin
- Severe swelling or bruising
- A visible deformity, such as an arm or leg that is bent at an unnatural angle
For a less serious bone fracture, you can receive prompt treatment from an experienced provider at VitalMed Urgent Care. We have two convenient locations in Laredo, Texas.
How Is Minor Fracture Treated at Urgent Care?
Typically, a provider a VitalMed will begin by asking you about the pain you are experiencing and the circumstances of your injury. Then, he or she will examine you and may order an imaging test. We perform X-rays on-the-spot, which means you can receive a faster diagnosis and fracture treatment than if you had to make a separate trip to an off-site imaging center.
Most minor fractures can be treated by stabilizing the broken bone with an elastic bandage, splint, sling, or cast. This can help keep the bone in its proper position as it heals. Your provider may also suggest a pain-relieving medication, heat or ice applications, or physical therapy as part of your fracture treatment.
To receive treatment for a minor fracture or laceration in Laredo, TX, visit VitalMed Urgent Care today.