Every bone in the human body is susceptible to a fracture. Strong and resilient, our bones can withstand most significant forces without injury. However, if the pressure applied to a bone is too strong or the bone is weak in health, a break or crack in the bone may occur. Cases where a bone breaks but does not damage the tissue or skin surrounding the break are considered simple or closed fractures. High-energy injuries have a higher risk of complication and are considered complex fractures which require specialized treatment.
Symptoms of a broken bone or fracture include:
- Discolored skin surrounding the affected area
- Angulation or the area may be bent at an obscure angle
- Inability to apply weight
- Inability to move the affected bone or body part
With advanced training in fracture care, Dr. Ian Archibald, Dr. Erik Johnson, Dr. Christopher Prato, Dr. H. Clayton Thomason, and Dr. Robert Olson have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury. To consult with one of our fracture care doctors at our Gastonia office, please request an appointment online or call (704) 865-0077.
Please note that if you have an open fracture for which the wound is open, bleeding, or the bone is exposed, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.