A break in a bone is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it’s known as an open, or compound, fracture. A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that develops from repeated or prolonged forces against the bone. At Penn State Bone and Joint Institute, we specialize in the treatment and management of the most difficult fractures and dislocations, and the restoration of function following orthopaedic trauma.
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By bringing together experts from multiple specialties into our 52,000 square foot facility, we can collaboratively treat patients with effective results. Each physician has pursued formal fellowship training and developed subspecialty interests in addition to general orthopaedics.
To diagnose the severity and placement of a fracture, we offer state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We also have comprehensive therapy services. Our outpatient rehabilitation facility is home to a unique underwater treadmill system that accelerates recovery.
Because of our expertise, we are a regional resource for surgeons challenged by complex orthopaedic trauma reconstruction cases.
Broken bones generally heal by themselves, and treatment is designed so that pieces of bone line up correctly.
Common initial treatment may include plaster casting, splints, or braces. For very complex fractures, traction or surgically inserted metal rods or plates may be required to help hold bone pieces together.
Pain management and rehabilitation services are often included in a treatment plan as well.
Some of the fractures we specialize in include:
- Calcaneus fractures
- Complex foot and ankle fractures
- Geriatric fractures
- Hip fractures
- Mal-unions (fractures that healed in poor position)
- Non-unions (fractures that did not heal)
- Patients with multiple injuries
- Pelvic fractures
- Periarticular fractures (fractures involving joint surfaces)
- Peri-prosthetic fractures (fractures around joint replacements)
- Pilon fractures
- Severe open fractures
- Tibial plateau fractures
- Upper extremity fractures
- Infected fractures
The healthcare team at Penn State Health is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care through a coordinated team approach.
Departments and centers that play a role in treating fractures include:
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Symptoms, Diagnosis & Outlook
If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture).
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