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Bones are strong and can bend somewhat in response to pressure. But, when the pressure exceeds a bone’s ability to withstand it, the bone can break, or fracture. Each year, about six million Americans break a bone.
There are three basic causes of broken bones:
At Dignity Health, we treat broken bones in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas. Our expert emergency care teams offer the latest techniques for your best treatment. Call 911 or come to one of our six emergency departments in the Greater Sacramento region. For non-limb-threatening conditions, you can use InQuicker™ to select an estimated arrival time online.
There are many different types of bone fractures, including:
Most broken bones are a temporary inconvenience and heal without problems over several weeks. Some are more serious and require lengthy healing and rehabilitation.
Common symptoms of a broken bone include:
The basic principle of treating any broken bone is the same — put the pieces back into position and keep them there while the bone heals. For some fractures, this is a simple process. However, sometimes surgery is necessary to accomplish the goal.
Options for treating broken bones at Dignity Health include:
For fractures that involve major joints, such as the hip or shoulder, joint replacement may be part of the treatment plan. If that’s the case, we provide award-winning joint replacement services and can skillfully provide your procedure.