Fractures Specialist

Timothy Wilson, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy Wilson, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Shoulder & Knee Specialist located in Lexington, KY

Most fractures are so painful that you obviously need immediate medical care. But a mild fracture may seem more like a sprain, so you may try self-care at first. Timothy C. Wilson, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, encourages you to schedule an appointment as soon as you sustain the injury, or swelling, bruising, and pain develop. Fractures need prompt care to ensure they heal properly. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book a same-day appointment.

Fractures Q & A

What causes a fracture?

You can sustain a fracture due to:

Trauma

When you have healthy bones, it takes a strong force to cause a fracture. Traumatic injuries that often result in a fracture include sports injuries, falls, and high-energy collisions such as a car accident.

Weak bones

Osteoporosis causes such weak and brittle bones that they break without a major force or fall. For example, you may break a rib by coughing or while bending over.

When you have osteoporosis, you’re also at risk for vertebral compression fractures. This type of fracture occurs when spinal vertebrae collapse because they’re too weak to support your body.

Overuse

When you repeatedly use your muscles without enough time to rest and recover, the fatigued muscles transfer the stress to your bones. This eventually causes a tiny crack — a stress fracture — that can progress to a full-blown fracture.

What are the different types of fractures?

Fractures come in many different varieties. The bone may fracture completely or partially, and the break could go across the bone or down the length of a bone. These are a few examples of the different types of fractures:

  • Stable fracture, in which the ends of the bone are nearly in their normal position
  • Oblique fracture, in which you sustain an angled break
  • Comminuted fracture, in which the bone breaks into more than two pieces
  • Intra-articular fracture, in which an arm or leg fracture extends into a joint
  • Spiral fracture, in which the fracture goes around the bone

An open or compound fracture occurs when a skin wound goes down to the bone or your bone breaks through the skin. This type of fracture causes more damage to the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

How are fractures treated?

All fractures are immobilized so they’re held in the proper position while they heal. A stable fracture may require only a cast, while other types of fractures may need surgery to realign and stabilize the bones. Common fracture surgeries include:

Open reduction and internal fixation

Dr. Wilson makes an incision, realigns the bones, and applies specialized hardware to hold the bone in place.

Closed reduction

Dr. Wilson realigns your bone without needing an incision to access the bone.

External fixation

This is surgery in which Dr. Wilson attaches rods to the bone, and the rods connect with hardware outside your body.

To receive exceptional care for fractures, call Timothy C. Wilson, MD, to schedule a same-day appointment.