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Fracture Care – Dr. Alon Antebi, D.O.
 

Fracture Care

Complex Fractures

Complex fractures are complicated breaks in bones which usually need care by a specialist team. They include open fractures (which are fractures with wound complications), pelvic fractures (breaks in the strong bony ring connecting the base of the spine to the hips) and severe ankle fractures.

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but if everything goes smoothly, the fracture should be completely healed in about two months. If you believe you’ve experienced a complex fracture, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

Pediatric Fractures

Children are prone to bumps, bruises, falls during their early years of life, and these are all part of a curious and active child. Knowing some practical steps and proper planning will prevent these injuries from occurring.

It is important to be aware of these common pediatric injuries and it’s best to contact Dr. Antebi immediately for symptoms like limping, soreness, swelling & tenderness, increased pain during physical activities and difficulty in sleeping.
If you have a child that has suffered from injuries causing acute or chronic pain, allow us to help by contacting our office so your child can b
e seen by pediatric specialists immediately. It’s vital for children with potentially damaging injuries to be seen as soon as possible in order to prevent complications. 

We are available in treating almost all orthopedic problems in a timely and prompt manner. We will attend to your children’s needs right away. We offer different treatment options like casting, splinting, bracing, medication prescriptions, physical therapy prescriptions, therapeutic injections, treating fractures, sports induced compartment testing, regenerative treatment, and referrals to or thopedic surgeons if necessary. 

Nonunions

Nonunion is a serious complication of a fracture and may occur when the fracture moves too much, has a poor blood supply or gets infected. Patients who smoke have a higher incidence of nonunion. The normal process of bone healing is interrupted or stalled.

Nonunions usually lead to a continuation of the pain at the site of a break, even after the initial pain of the fracture has passed.

The pain from a nonunion may last months or even years if treatment is not sought.

Acetabulum/Pelvic Fractures

An acetabular fracture is a break in the socket portion of the “ball-and-socket” hip joint. These hip socket fractures are not common — they occur much less frequently than fractures of the upper femur or femoral head (the “ball” portion of the joint).

The majority of acetabular fractures are caused by some type of high-energy event, such as a car collision. Many times patients will have additional injuries that require immediate treatment.

The severity of the injury depends on several factors, including:

  • The number and size of the fracture fragments
  • The amount each piece is out of place (displaced) — In some cases, the broken ends of bones line up adequately; in more severe fractures, there may be a large gap between the broken pieces or the fragments may overlap each other.
  • The injury to the cartilage surfaces of both the acetabulum and the head of the femur
  • The injury to surrounding soft tissues, such as muscle, tendons, nerves, and skin

Treatment

Dr. Antebi will consider several things when planning your treatment, including:

  • The specific pattern of the fracture
  • How much the bones are displaced
  • Your overall health condition