One of the most commonly sustained injuries in any accident, no matter whether it is a car accident or a
slip and fall, is that of
broken bones. These are painful and can prove to be highly inconvenient in many situations – especially should the break occur to a highly used part of the body, such as a hand or a leg. Luckily, these types of injuries are usually treatable and with the proper amount of medical attention, can even repair to be as good as new.
When attempting to treat a broken bone, there are several schools of thought and methods, which will vary depending on the type of injury and the type of break. The two largest differences in treatment options are referred to as surgical and conservative. A conservative treatment option does not involve any type of invasive procedure and rather relies mostly on pain management (sometimes through something as simple as ibuprofen) and immobilization.
Immobilization is simply efforts made to keep the bone stable so that it can heal cleanly and in place. The most common method of this involves plaster and fiberglass casts. To make sure that the bone will heal in a neat matter, doctors will use what is known as reduction or aligning the bone. This can have painful effects that are just as painful as the initial break but ensures that the break heals normally.
In some cases, the break is severe enough that immobilization will not be enough. In these cases, surgery will often be used – although, due to the complications that surgery involves, it is usually only an option that is considered if it is determined that all other conservative treatments would fail. Surgery can be used for more extensive immobilization, utilizing surgical nails, screws and plates, can be used to smooth the joint and even for bone grafting.
It is important to realize that while broken bones are typically treatable, it is not a cheap process. In some cases, the break might keep an employee from returning to work for an extended period of time. Should the broken bone be in a vital area, such as the pelvic region or the spinal cord, it could be enough to cause permanent damage – forever altering the future of the patient.
At the Onder Law Firm, we know just how difficult it can be to deal with the injuries sustained in a preventable accident. If you have been injured, we encourage you to consult with a St. Louis personal injury lawyer from our firm. We are well-versed in personal injury claims of all kinds and are prepared to do everything that we can to help you fight for fair
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