Sometimes it’s obvious that you’ve broken a bone or dislocated a joint. In other cases, the warning signs are less clear. You may only have pain, swelling and bruising.
Anytime a bone breaks or pops out of place, you should see a doctor right away. Without prompt treatment, your injury may not heal properly. This puts you at risk for more serious fractures or dislocations in the future.
A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. Fractures can be mild or severe, depending on how much force was applied to the bone. They include:
Fractures are usually caused by:
A dislocation is a serious injury that occurs when one of the bones that make up a joint is forced out of position. This means the joint can no longer move. It may look swollen and deformed. These require prompt medical evaluation.
Dislocations often occur in the shoulders, elbows, fingers, hips, knees and ankles. They are usually caused by a traumatic event such as a fall, car accident or sports injury.
We understand that a fracture or dislocation can be a frightening experience. We’ll care for you and help you feel calm and comfortable.
Your treatment plan will depend on several factors, including the type and severity of your injury. It may include:
Whether you receive care at a Mercy urgent care, emergency room or from one of our orthopedic specialists, you’ll leave with a road map for recovery – and peace of mind. We’ll work with you until your injured bone or joint feels good as new.