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Fracture Reduction

fracture manipulation

Fracture Reduction means realignment of bone fracture ends to anatomical pre injury positions. When a bone breaks the two ends often move past or away from each other. This is because of the force that caused the damage pushes the bones around.

Bone fracture reduction involves pulling on the affected bone segments until they snap back into place. This technique is used in limb fractures like your leg or arm where the two ends are not badly shattered, just out of alignment.

While you're lying down, your bone doctor will stand at one end of the broken bone and an assistant at the other. They will then pull in a straight line until they feel the bones snap back in place or can see that the protruding bone ends have flattened. Of course, you'll be sedated by IV meds during this painful procedure.

Once the doctor is happy with the alignment of your bone, they'll then wrap a cast around it to hold it in place and send you for a repeat Xray to compare with the first one to make sure the ends are holding. Once s/he's happy, you're sent home and follow up arranged with a fracture clinic.

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Helpful Links:

  • Types of Fractures / Broken Bones
  • Fracture / Broken Bone Symptoms
  • Fracture / Broken Bone Fixation
  • Fracture / Broken Bone Manipulation
  • Colles Fracture
  • Plaster Cast Care
  • Itchy Cast Remedy


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