What Is the Fracture Care Program?
Fractures are, simply, broken bones. There are more than 200 bones in the body, and any of them can suffer a fracture. Bones can break in a number of different ways and different patterns. When you come to Summit Health with a fracture, your treatment doesn’t stop when the cast goes on. We’ll be with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation until the bone is healed and you can resume your normal activities.
Orthopedics Department Specialties
General orthopedists are trained to care for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including fractures.
Foot and Ankle
Our foot and ankle specialists can help treat your foot or ankle fracture and oversee your rehabilitation and recovery.
Hand and Wrist
The delicate bones of the hands and wrists are particularly susceptible to fractures. Our hand and wrist specialists are skilled at treating these fractures and restoring functionality.
Hip and Knee Replacement
Sometimes, the ends of the femur or tibia are so damaged by a fracture that a replacement is necessary.
Orthopedic surgeons with a foot and ankle specialty have a broad understanding of musculoskeletal conditions with a particular focus on the feet and ankles. However, sometimes you need a doctor with a maximum amount of experience with foot conditions, and that’s when you’d want to see one of our podiatrists.
Shoulder and Elbow
Some fractures in areas of the arm bones, collarbone or shoulder blades can be particularly difficult to treat due to their involvement in the shoulder or elbow joints. Our shoulder and elbow specialists are experts in treating such fractures.
Fractures of the vertebrae are some of the most complicated fractures because spine issues can affect the whole body. Our spine experts can help you address these painful and complex fractures and help you manage their complications.
Trauma and Fracture
The trauma and fracture team are experts in treating broken bones and ensuring your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Other Summit Health Departments
At Summit Health, our orthopedics specialists team up with experts in other disciplines to provide exactly the care you need. Other departments that may be involved with your fracture care include:
- Endocrinology: Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones soften and become weak, leading to greater likelihood of a fracture. Endocrinologists can help develop a regimen of hormonal and supplemental treatment to strengthen bones and make fractures less likely.
- Hand Therapy: If you’ve fractured your hand, you may need to do some work in order for it to fully function again. Our hand therapists can help.
- Radiology: Summit Medical Group’s imaging capabilities can help reveal the nature and extent of a fracture–its type, its severity, how it should be treated and how long recovery may take.
- Physical Therapy: After a fracture, you may need help strengthening the muscles around the break or even learning to use the limb again. Summit Medical Group’s physical therapy department can help restore function to the damaged limb and aid in your recovery.
- Urgent Care: Fractures almost always cause pain, and that pain can often be severe and debilitating. If you can’t or don’t want to wait for an office appointment, our urgent care centers are there to help.