Fractures

A fracture is a break in your bone. Fractures can range from small cracks in the bone to severe breaks with skin wounds. As a provider of specialized orthopaedic trauma and fracture care, we have the resources and specialized skills to quickly treat fractures of all kinds.

Most of the fractures we see are caused by trauma, such as falls, car accidents or sports-related injuries. Osteoporosis, a condition that causes your bones to weaken, can also cause fractures. 
 

What you should know about fractures:

  • We use an X-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If you do have a break, you may need to wear a cast to stabilize the bone so it can heal. You may also need surgery. 
  • It is important to get treatment right away if you think you have a fracture. Fracture  symptoms include:
    • Pain, tenderness and swelling
    • Numbness and tingling
    • A limb that does not look right, is bent or seems out of place
    • Trouble moving your limb
       

Why choose Geisinger to treat your fracture? 

  • Leaders in orthopaedic trauma: We are able to provide around-the-clock care in our trauma centers. Our trauma team includes fellowship-trained traumatologists, doctors who have advanced training caring for trauma-related fractures and other injuries. Our trauma center designation means we can provide complete care for every aspect of the injury, 24 hours a day. 
  • Specialized geriatric fracture care: Our Geriatric Fracture Care Program treats the elderly who need special fracture treatment. It is certified by the International Geriatric Fracture Society, which means we provide the highest quality care and focus on improving patient outcomes. Our geriatric fracture program is also part of ProvenCare, Geisinger’s innovative program that standardizes care.
  • Focus on fracture prevention: We want to prevent as many fractures as possible. We work closely with you or your loved one to keep bones healthy and avoid fractures. The clinic is part of our rheumatology program.

Treatment options

Whether it is an emergency or a nagging injury, we can treat your fracture in many ways, including: 

  • Orthopaedic surgery : Our surgeons use a range of surgical techniques to help treat bone, joint or ligament problems and manage pain.

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