Broken Bones and Fractures Treatment Questions and Answers
Breaking a bone is always a painful and alarming experience, no matter how severe the injury is! Here at AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park, we understand both the shock of breaking a bone and the need for careful and expert medical care in such situations. Our team of board-certified physicians and medical assistants are committed to providing compassionate and expert medical attention to every patient who walks through our doors! Call us for more information. We serve patients from Pinellas Park FL, Kenneth City FL, Lealman FL, Highpoint FL and Gandy FL.
Can Urgent Care treat a broken bone?
Depending on the broken bone’s location and severity, urgent care clinics can provide excellent treatment for a broken bone! The only instances in which you should go to the emergency room rather than an urgent care clinic for a broken bone is if the bone is protruding through the skin, if the limb appears severely mangled or out of place, or if the fracture is located near a major artery or organ, such as pelvic, rib, skull, spinal, or sternum fractures. At AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park, our clinic and board-certified physicians have all of the equipment and expertise to provide first-rate treatment of any closed fracture that does not involve a major artery or organ.
What is the best treatment for broken bones?
The best treatment for broken bones also depends on the location, severity, and fracture type. As such, treatment could involve any or a combination of the following options:
- External fixators
- Fiberglass or plaster cast
- Metal plates and screws
- Physical therapy
When you come to AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park for fracture treatment, our board-certified physicians will provide you with the best treatment possible given the particulars of your fracture. We would be happy to go over all the different treatment options for your broken bone or fracture with you before going forward with a treatment method.
What should you do when treating a fracture?
When dealing with a fracture, the first thing to do is to visit an urgent care clinic or emergency room to receive proper medical treatment for your fracture. After doing so, the doctor who is treating your fracture will provide you with all of the post-treatment care instructions you require to aid in your fracture’s healing process. It is essential to follow all of the instructions that your doctor gives you after being treated for a fracture so that the bone can heal correctly. Instructions for post-treatment care could include information about medication, elevating and icing the injury, what activities to refrain from, and what kind and how much usage of the injured area is safe.
Can a walk-in urgent care help me with a fracture?
They sure can! An urgent care clinic that accepts walk-in appointments is an excellent place to go to for any closed fracture that does not pose a threat to any organ or artery. While the emergency room is the place to go to for an open fracture or one that threatens an organ or artery, an urgent care clinic can provide much quicker and less expensive treatment for less severe fractures. If you go to an emergency room for a minor fracture, you can expect to spend long periods in the waiting room since they prioritize patients according to how critical their injury or condition is. However, with an urgent care clinic, you can expect to see a physician within 30 minutes of arriving at the clinic, as they function on a first-come, first-served basis!
We welcome you to AFC Urgent Care Pinellas Park if you require treatment for a broken bone or fracture! No appointment is necessary. If you would like to see one of our physicians, walk through our doors at 7101 US Hwy 19 N in Pinellas Park, Florida, any day of the week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, weekends included!