Barnes Jewish West County Hospital orthopedists diagnose and treat broken bones and fractures in adults and children. Treatment can include splints, physical therapy and surgery.
For more information or to make an appointment with an orthopedist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314-542-WEST (9378) or toll-free 844-542-9378.
What causes a Broken Bone or Fracture?
Broken bones and fractures can occur when there is more force applied to the bone than the bone can absorb. Breaks in bones can occur from falls, trauma, or as a result of a direct blow or kick to the body.
What are the symptoms of a Broken Bone or Fracture?
The following are the most common symptoms of a broken bones or fracture. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Pain in the injured area
- Swelling in the injured area
- Obvious deformity in the injured area
- Difficulty using or moving the injured area in a normal manner
- Warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area
The symptoms of a broken bone may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Treatment for a Fracture
Specific treatment for a broken bones or fracture will be determined by your doctor based on:
- Location and type of break
- Your age, overall health, and medical history
- Extent of the condition
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the condition
- Your opinion or preference
The goal of treatment is to control the pain, promote healing, prevent complications, and restore normal use of the fractured area.
For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of fractures and broken bones, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314-542-WEST (9378) or toll-free 844-542-9378.