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What are the treatment options for a closed fracture?

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicologist

A closed fracture may be treated with a immobilization with a splint and/or cast. Depending on the location and type of fracture, surgery may be needed. 

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There a multiple ways to treat a closed fracture. These may include splinting, casting, open reduction, and internal fixation with plates, screws, pins, rods, or an application of an external fixator.

The treatment options for a closed fracture depend on the severity of the crack or break. You may need to take anti-inflammatory and pain relievers to handle pain. In some instances, the doctor may need to perform a reduction, which is the process of resetting the bone. In other cases, the doctor may restrict mobility by placing the broken bone in a brace, sling, or cast for up to 10 weeks. Sometimes surgery is required to insert nails, screws, wires or other devices to help the bones to heal.

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