Fractures Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Millions of fractures occur in the United States every year, affecting patients of all ages. Orthopedic surgeon Cori Grantham, MD, provides fracture care for teens and adults at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. If you or a loved one experiences a fracture, call the closest office, or book an appointment online today.

Fractures Q&A

What is a fracture?

Fractures, or broken bones, occur when a high force or impact causes the bone to crack, shatter, or otherwise change shape. There are many types of fractures, including:

  • Closed, in which the skin isn’t broken
  • Open, or compound, which makes the bone visible through a break in the skin
  • Partial, or an incomplete break
  • Complete, in which the bone separates into two or more pieces
  • Displaced, which involves a gap between the ends of the broken bone
  • Stress fracture, which is a hairline crack in the bone

An open fracture requires emergency medical care due to the high risk of infection. If you can see a broken bone poking through the skin or a deep, open wound, call 911 or your local emergency number right away.

What causes fractures?

Fractures can develop in many ways, including overuse, trauma, and as a result of diseases like osteoporosis. You can get a fracture from a bad fall, a car accident, or a sports injury. Stress fractures often result from repetitive force, like running on a hard surface.

How do I know if I have a fracture?

Most fractures cause sudden, intense pain as soon as the injury occurs. The specific symptoms you experience depend on the type and location of the fracture. Common fracture symptoms include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • Obvious deformity

A fracture in your leg, knee, or ankle may leave you unable to walk, while a broken bone in your hand or wrist may make it difficult to hold a grip.

If you think you have a fracture, call Orthopedic Specialists. Dr. Grantham provides fracture care for all types of fractures of the upper and lower extremities. 

How are fractures diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Grantham performs a physical exam and asks how the injury occurred. She may take an X-ray to confirm the bone is broken and determine the type of fracture. Then, she discusses the best course of treatment for your specific fracture.

Fracture care typically involves moving the bone back into place and immobilizing it while it heals. Depending on the type and severity of your fracture, you may need to wear a cast or brace. Complex fractures may require surgery to realign the bone.

Dr. Grantham may recommend exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility after the bone heals.

For expert care of all types of fractures, call Orthopedic Specialists, or book an appointment online today.