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Fractures Specialist

Fractures are a common musculoskeletal injury among patients of all ages, occurring in different ways and requiring different treatments to achieve optimal outcomes. HUNTINGTON ORTHOPEDICS® in Pasadena, CA, offers a comprehensive array of treatment options for all types of fractures, helping each patient receive the most appropriate and most effective care.

Fractures Q & A

What symptoms are associated with fractures?

A fracture can cause different symptoms depending on the type of fracture and its location. Most fractures are associated with:

  • pain occurring immediately after an injury
  • tenderness and swelling over the site of the fracture
  • pain when bearing weight on the fractured bone or joint or when moving the bone or joint
  • a hard, tender lump over the fracture
  • weakness or reduced range of motion in the limb or joint

A fracture in a joint can also cause the joint to assume an unusual shape or angle. Very severe fractures can cause the end of the bone to protrude through the skin (compound fractures), exposing the bone and surrounding tissues to contamination and infection. Most fractures occur as a result of a high-impact injury, but people with osteoporosis may develop fractures as a result of even simple movements.

What is a stress fracture?

Stress fractures are breaks in bones that form as a result of repetitive impacts like running or from osteoporosis or other diseases that cause the bones to become weak and more prone to fractures. Patients with stress fractures often can be treated with casting or orthopedic “boots” to support the area so it can heal.

What is a compression fracture?

A compression fracture is a break in one of the spine bones (vertebrae) that most commonly occurs as a result of osteoporosis.

How are fractures treated?

Fracture treatment requires a thorough evaluation of the break, including diagnostic imaging to determine the best approach to treatment. Bones heal or “knit together” naturally, so the first step in fracture treatment is to ensure the ends of the bones are properly aligned. Some fractures occur “in situ” with bone ends remaining in place. Others may cause the ends of the bones to become displaced and surgery or manual “reduction” may be required to restore the bones to their normal positions. Some fractures can be treated with casting while fractures that are severe or have multiple pieces will need surgical treatment to restore the area so it can heal properly.

Our Doctors

Thomas Ackerson, MD

Thomas Ackerson, MD

Joint Replacement and Fracture Surgery

Dr. Ackerson specializes in Total Joint Replacement

Andre Atoian, MD

Andre Atoian, MD

Pain Management and Addiction Medicine

Andre Atoian, MD possess a unique background in anesthesia.

Todd Borenstein, MD

Todd Borenstein, MD

Orthopedic Surgeons and Foot and Ankle Specialist

Dr. Todd Borenstein is a top rated orthopedic surgeon at HUNTINGTON ORTHOPEDICS®

Walter Burnham, MD

Walter Burnham, MD

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Walter Hynan Burnham, M.D., is a leading Orthopedic Surgeon in Pasadena, CA.

Mark J. Jo, MD

Mark J. Jo, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Mark Jeffrey Jo, M.D., is a skilled Orthopedic Specialist offering advanced, custom care solutions.

Vahe Panossian, MD

Vahe Panossian, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Vahe Robert Panossian, M.D., is a top-ranked orthopedist .

Mort Rizvi, MD

Mort Rizvi, MD

Plastic Surgeon & Hand Surgeon

Dr. Murtaza (Mort) Rizvi, M.D., is an experienced Hand Surgeon in Pasadena, CA.

Sepideh Saber, MD

Sepideh Saber, MD

Plastic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon

Dr. Saber is a board-certified, highly trained plastic surgeon.

George Tang, MD

George Tang, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. George Tang, M.D., is a top-rated Orthopedic Surgeon.