The incidence of fracture has vastly increased worldwide in recent times. The reason is fast moving lifestyle causing increased number of accidents, lack of exercise and poor diet causing weak bones (osteoporosis) and increased life expectancy. Nearly every household has or knows somebody who is suffering from a fracture. In spite of it being such common problem there is hardly any awareness regarding the approach to proper treatment in fractures.
Although fractures might not be entirely preventable there are ways to minimize your fracture risk. One way is by building stronger bones and keeping them healthy.
In case of fracture I advise that you do not panic. Follow these simple first aid measures.
If a person is suspected of having a fracture, do the following :
Pain and swelling in an area is hallmark of a fracture. If your limb is moving abnormally its most likely to be fractured. Sometimes it is difficult to know that there is a fracture. X-rays can detect most of the fractures. In some cases a CT-scan or an MRI scan may be needed.
Follow the First Aid guidelines given above. Contact your nearest medical centre with orthopedic facilities.You can get in touch with me also through the helpline number given above.
Its best to leave it to your Orthopedic Surgeon to decide.
It is quite common to have some swelling (especially in the legs) after opening plaster. There is no need to get worried. This swelling can last for a variable period from a few days up to 2 months. You should consult your doctor if there is excessive pain and stiffness or if the swelling persists for more than 2 months.
Once in a while I get patients whose fractures are difficult to heal. One common reason for it is that there is less bone formation around the fracture site. In such situations you may need operation with bone grafting to stimulate the healing process.
A Synthetic plaster is made out of fiberglass, a kind of moldable plastic. These casts come in many bright colors and are lighter. They are tougher and more durable than the traditional plaster of paris casts.
Fiberglass plaster are strong enough to allow immediate weight bearing.
Synthetic plasters can be combined with waterproof liners to give you a waterproof plaster.
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