Fractures Specialist

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

Each year, about 1.5 million Americans suffer a bone fracture as a result of bone disease, and millions of other broken bones occur in accidents and sports injuries. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, expertly treat bone fractures so you can heal as quickly as possible and get back to your active lifestyle. As skilled orthopedic surgeons, Drs. Sobiek and Huene are dedicated to providing the highest standard of bone fracture care in a welcoming environment. Call to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Fractures Q & A

What are the most common fractures?

There are many kinds of bone fractures. You can break a bone partially, fully, or in any number of ways, depending on how you fall, or what type of accident you have. Some of the most common bone fractures include:

  • Stable fractures, in which the broken bone is hardly out of place
  • Open, compound fractures, in which the broken bone pierces your skin
  • Transverse fractures, in which the bone breaks horizontally
  • Oblique fractures, in which the bone breaks at an angle
  • Comminuted fractures, in which your bone shatters into three or more pieces
  • Stress fractures, in which a bone breaks from repetitive strain

Stress fractures are common among athletes who put repeated pressure on a certain area of the body, such as an ankle or wrist.

How will I know I fractured a bone?

The severity of your fracture and its symptoms depend on the trauma that caused the break. With most types of fractures, you’ll notice swelling and bruising around the injured area, and experience severe pain. You might not be able to move your fractured limb as you normally would, such as putting weight on your foot to take a step.

If you suffer an open, compound fracture, you’ll most likely have a visible wound in your skin at the location of the injury. Your bone may or may not be visible with this type of fracture. It’s important to seek medical attention right away to prevent infection as well as to treat the broken bone.

What causes bones to fracture?

Some of the most common causes of bone fractures include falls, sports injuries, and auto accidents. Osteoporosis is a common cause of a bone fracture for people over 65 years old. Stress fractures are common in runners and other types of athletes.

What treatments repair fractures?

Your treatment depends on the type of fracture and its severity. At Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates, Dr. Sobiek or Dr. Huene carefully examines your injury and takes X-rays to determine the extent of your injury. Once you’re diagnosed, your treatment may come in a variety of forms, including:

  • Cast immobilization
  • A functional brace
  • External fixation (plates and screws to hold the bone in place outside of your skin)
  • Surgery to repair the bone

Although both doctors specialize in orthopedic surgery, they only resort to that when absolutely necessary. In many cases, casts, physical therapies, and other state-of-the-art, minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments effectively repair your fracture.

If you or a family member fractures a bone, call the office or click online for an appointment. In an emergency, seek immediate medical attention.