SCL Health Medical Group - Montana Orthopedics' team of world class orthopedic surgeons is available to you. They're here to get you back on your feet in the comfort of your home state.
At your first visit, your doctor will want to know the extent of your pain and how it impacts your life. To establish an accurate diagnosis, they may order X-rays. Once the doctor has diagnosed your problem, they will discuss the nature of your injury or condition, explain your treatment options, and what you can expect once treatment is complete.
Some of the most common orthopedic conditions we treat include:
- Nerve pain
- Repetitive stress / overuse injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Work-related injuries
Our team of specialists treat all fractures. Some of the common fractures we see include:
- Hip fractures
- Femur (thigh bone) fractures
- Tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) fractures
- Humerus (arm) fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Foot and ankle fractures
- Clavicle (collarbone) fracture
Every bone in the human body is susceptible to a fracture. Strong and resilient, our bones can withstand most significant forces without injury. However, if the pressure applied to a bone is too strong or the bone is weak in health, a crack in the bone may occur. Simple or closed fractures include cases where a broken bone breaks but does not damage the tissue or skin surrounding the break. More complex fractures have a higher risk of complication and require specialized treatment.
Fractures are classified based on how the bone is broken or cracked:
- Complete Fracture: Bone is broken into separate pieces (clean break)
- Partial Fracture: Bone is cracked (not completely broken)
- Open Fracture: Bone is broken and penetrating the skin
- Compound Fracture: More than one bone is broken
Symptoms of a broken bone or fracture include:
- Discolored skin surrounding the affected area
- Angulation or the area may be bent at an obscure angle
- Inability to apply weight
- Inability to move the affected bone or body part
- Pelvic fractures
- High impact motor vehicle accidents.
If you suspect you’ve broken a bone, give us a call right away or visit our orthopedic walk-in clinic for a timely assessment. Fractures need immediate treatment to heal successfully. For your convenience, we have advanced digital X-ray equipment in our office to help diagnose the exact location and type of fracture..