Fracture Care Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

Injuries that lead to fractured bones are painful and debilitating, and if you don’t take the correct steps to ensure they heal correctly, you could have chronic pain that reduces the quality of your life. At Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, the team uses a comprehensive fracture care approach to ensure that your fracture receives the right care and heals completely. They also offer pediatric fracture care for children. If you or your child suffer a broken bone, don’t hesitate to call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment.

Fracture Care Q&A

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a broken bone. Bones can break when an outside force applies more pressure than your bone is able to support. The severity of your fracture can range from a thin crack to a complete break, and it can be in one or multiple places.

Most fractures take about six weeks to heal, but a severe break can take anywhere from three months to a year to regain full strength and mobility.


What are the symptoms of a fracture?

The main symptom of a fracture is pain at the time of your initial injury that can become worse when you try to move it. Other symptoms include:

  • Snapping or grinding sound during the injury
  • Swelling, redness, and tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Visible deformity

In some severe cases, your bone may poke out of your skin, which significantly raises your chance of infection and needs medical attention right away.


How does fracture care heal an injury?

If you suffer an injury that results in a broken bone, your orthopaedist at Tri-State Specialists immobilizes the bone to allow it to heal correctly. Your specialist may use hardware like a cast, splint, or a combination of plates and screws to keep your bone in place. 

In some cases, your physician may use physical maneuvers to realign your bones and set them into place. For patients who need surgery, Tri-State Specialists has a team of experienced orthopaedic surgeons who can secure your bone in its correct place.

The practice also offers an extensive physical therapy program to help speed up your recovery. A team of physical therapists and coaches work with you at the on-site gym and use the clinic’s state-of-the-art equipment to teach you exercises to rebuild your bone strength and mobility. 

Your therapist also shows you movements to do at home to ensure your bone heals completely and to prevent any issues with chronic pain in the future.


Is pediatric fracture care available?

Yes, the team at Tri-State Specialists treats children with broken bones and understands the unique approach pediatric fracture care requires. 

For example, children’s bones are still growing, and if a broken bone affects a growth plate (the area of growing tissue at the ends of bones), it can result in long-term complications like deformity or arthritis. 

Children’s bones also heal quicker, so it’s important to get care quickly before the bone begins to reset in an incorrect place.

If you or your child suffer a fracture, don’t take any chances and get the right fracture care at Tri-State Specialists. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment right away.