James J. Reid, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA
Fractured bones require prompt, expert attention to ensure that they heal correctly. Orthopedic surgeon James J. Reid, MD, in Los Angeles, California, specializes in diagnosing and treating traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. He has extensive experience in repairing both simple and complex fractures that may require surgical intervention. If you suffer a fracture, Dr. Reid will offer the best possible treatment options for your orthopedic injuries. To find out more, call his Culver City office today or book an appointment online.
What are fractures?
Fractures are broken bones. Common fractures include:
A nondisplaced or stable fracture is one where the broken ends of the bone still line up. With displaced fractures, the broken bone ends are out of alignment. Many times, non-displaced fractures will only require splints/slings and should be monitored with x-rays to confirm healing.
If you suffer a compound or open fracture, the broken bone will break through the skin and be visible. These open/compound of fractures require urgent surgical treatment.
Comminuted fractures are bones that break into three or more pieces. Some comminuted fractures create several bone fragments.
Stress fractures aren’t acute injuries like other fractures. They’re made up of many tiny cracks in the bones caused by excessive stress over long periods.
How are fractures treated?
Simple fractures usually need to be immobilized using a brace or cast. This protects the affected area allowing your body support while your fracture heals.
If your bones need realigning, Dr. Reid can perform a closed reduction. That means he will manipulate the bones back into position using his hands. Using fluoroscopic image guidance Dr. Reid ensure that the ends are positioned correctly before applying a cast. Minor displaced fractures can be corrected with local anesthetic in the office using manual manipulation/closed reduction.
Some displaced fractures which have significant dislocation will require corrective surgery. Most major displaced and open/compounding fractures will require urgent surgical intervention.
What does surgery for fractures involve?
After realigning the fractured bones, Dr. Reid uses pins, plates, and screws to keep them in position. Sometimes it’s necessary to use external fixation, where you have a cage or framework of pins and bars on the outside of your body to secure the repair.
Depending on the severity of your fracture, it could take 8-12 weeks to heal. You’re likely to need physical therapy after suffering a fracture in order to make the fullest possible recovery.
Whatever kind of fracture you have, James J. Reid, MD, gives you treatment that delivers the best outcomes. Call his office today or book an appointment online.