Fractures

Michael Stein, MD -  - Family Physician

Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare

Michael Stein, MD

Family Physician located in Salem, NH

Whether from a fall or playing sports, fractures are common and affect about 1 million Americans every year. If you have a broken bone, or suspect a broken bone, Michael Stein, MD, FAAFP, at Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare in Salem, New Hampshire, is a family medicine physician who can manage all of your health care needs, including minor fractures. He can set and cast your fracture to help your bones heal. Call the office today or request an appointment online.

Fractures Q & A

What is a fracture?

A fracture refers to a break in your bone. Fractures most often develop when the bone is exposed to excessive force. Common causes of fractures include:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive force

You may also be at risk of fractures if you have osteoporosis, which is a bone disease that makes your bones weak and susceptible to breaking.

Fractures are common and require immediate medical care. Dr. Stein is a family medicine physician who can manage many acute health issues, including minor fractures, and can get you the care you need quickly.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

Because you can’t see your bone, you may not know you have a fracture until Dr. Stein conducts an X-ray. But your body may provide signs and symptoms that may indicate you’ve broken a bone, such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty moving or using the affected area
  • Deformity
  • Numbness

With some fractures, you may hear the bone break as a “pop” type of sound. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare right away for an evaluation.

What are the types of fractures?

A bone can break in many different ways. The type of fracture you have describes the break.

Types of fractures include:

  • Closed: bone didn’t break the skin
  • Open: bone broke through the skin
  • Displaced: large gap between the two ends of the broken bone
  • Partial: bone incompletely broken
  • Complete: full break of the bone into two or more pieces
  • Stress fracture: hairline or tiny break

Certain types of fractures, such as an open or displaced fracture, require surgery. Dr. Stein can determine the type of fracture you have and recommend the best mode of treatment to support the healing of your broken bone.

How are minor fractures treated?

Dr. Stein can treat minor fractures at his office. He can set your bone, put it back into place, and immobilize it with a cast. If you fractured a small bone, such as your finger or toe, Dr. Stein can immobilize the bone with medical tape or a splint to promote bone healing.

Fractures are common and many of them can be taken care of by your primary care physician at Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare. Call the office today or book online.