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What is Fractures?

21:56 - 4 May , 2021


It refers to the partial or total breakage of a bone due to an accident, fall, sports injury, loss of bone mass, and osteoporosis. According to the magnitude of the damage, fractures are classified as follows:

  • Simple: break in a section.
  • Complete: break into two sections.
  • Greenstick: break that is divided into two parts. 
  • Comminuted: bone splinters occur or there is multiple break.
  • Exposed: bone fragments break the skin and come out.
  • Not exposed: when the fragments remain inside the skin.

Signs and symptoms Fractures

  • Severe pain and swelling
  • Deformation.
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Fever.
  • Bruising and bleeding.
  • Limited or partial movement. 

The accident that causes the fracture not only damages the bone mass, but also usually affects muscular, nervous, and vascular tissue, among others, being factors that need to be addressed in addition to the fracture, complicating your treatment and recovery.


  • Exercising regularly, especially muscle strength exercises.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Stay at your optimal weight.

Diagnosis and treatment Fractures

After a physical examination and analysis of your medical history, the orthopedist will request imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI, or computed axial tomography to define the type of fracture and the most appropriate treatment. If the fractured bone has been broken into more than two parts, surgery will be required to insert nails, screws, plates, needles, or other devices to reposition and fix the bone. Subsequently, it is necessary to rest as indicated and wait long enough for the bone to heal, which can range from a few weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the case. 

At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.

We put our skills and knowledge at your service to provide you and your loved ones with cutting-edge treatments and highly specialized medical care in the following procedures:

  • Arthroscopic surgery.
  • Partial and total joint replacement surgery (prostheses).
  • Trauma surgery.
  • Hand surgery. 
  • Foot and ankle surgery.
  • Spinal surgery.

We treat injuries such as:

  • Dislocation.
  • Chronic bone and joint diseases.
  • Ligaments.
  • Spinal diseases.
  • Joint replacements.


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