Fractures Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

Fractures are broken bones, and they require medical care to assess the severity of the break and provide treatment to heal the bone. At Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, the team includes orthopedic trauma surgeons who specialize in treating all types of fractures. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Fractures Q&A

What are fractures?

Fractures are breaks in your bones. Your bones are strong and have some give, allowing them to tolerate outside force. However, if the force is too great, bones break. 

Fractures are common and affect people of all ages. 

What are the types of fractures?

The severity of the fracture may depend on the force that caused the break. This force may also determine the fracture type. Types of fractures include:

Stable fracture

With a stable fracture, the broken ends of the bone remain in their usual place. 

Open fracture

An open fracture, also known as a compound fracture, occurs when your bone pierces through your skin. 

Transverse fracture

A transverse fracture means you have a horizontal break in the bone.

Oblique fracture

An oblique fracture causes an angled break in the bone. 

Comminuted fracture

With a comminuted fracture, your bone shatters into three or more pieces. 

The Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center team performs X-rays or uses open MRI to determine the type of fracture you have. 

How are fractures treated?

Treatment for fractures depends on fracture type, location, and your medical history. Treatment options may include:


Casting immobilizes the area of the body where you have the fracture, allowing the bones to heal on their own. 

Depending on the location of your fracture, you may have a functional cast or brace, allowing for some movement of nearby joints.


If you have a misaligned fracture, such as a comminuted fracture, you may need traction to gently realign the broken pieces. You may need casting after traction to help the bones heal.

External fixations

External fixation is a surgical procedure for fractures. During external fixation, your orthopedic surgeon places pins or screws above and below the broken bone. Your surgeon attaches the pins or screws to a metal bar outside your body over the break.

External fixation keeps the bones in place so they can heal. 

Open reduction and external fixation (ORIF)

ORIF is a surgical procedure that involves realigning bone fragments and securing them in place with screws or plates. Your surgeon may also place a rod through the center of your bone to stabilize the bone and keep the fragments in place. 

How long do fractures take to heal?

It may take weeks or months for your fracture to heal. The length of your recovery depends on the severity of your fracture.

The team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center provides guidelines to help speed up your recovery.

Fractures are unexpected injuries that require medical attention. For expert care, schedule an appointment at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center by calling or booking online today.