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Physical trauma, overuse, and health conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis, are the leading causes of bone fractures. Other factors can also increase an individual’s risk of sustaining fractures. Dr. Matti Palo is here to provide expert care that can help you get back doing the things you love.
Casts are a tried and true method of fracture treatment and may be made of plaster or fiberglass. The purpose of the cast is to maintain fracture position and immobilize the bone to allow the fracture to heal in the correct position. Common fractures treated in a cast include hand, wrist, forearm, lower leg, ankle and foot.
These braces are usually made of molded plastic that function like a cast for specific relatively stable or healing fractures. These are removable for hygiene.
Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF)
This involves surgical exposure of the broken bone to directly repair the fracture with plates and screws. This is often used in forearm and upper arm (humerus) fractures as well as for tibia and ankle fractures. The fractured bone is actually screwed back together which allows direct bone to bone healing.
Intramedullary Nailing (or Rodding)
A nail is placed in the marrow cavity of the bone and usually fixed with screws above and below the fracture. This is an “indirect” treatment of the fracture where the fracture site is not usually opened surgically. The nail acts as an internal splint to allow fracture alignment and healing. This treatment is commonly used for long bone fractures in the femur and tibia.
A fracture is a break or a crack in a bone. A fracture occurs when force exerted against a bone is stronger than the bone can structurally withstand.
The most common sites for bone fractures are the wrist, ankle and hip. Treatment includes immobilising the bone with a plaster cast, or surgically inserting metal rods or plates to hold the bone pieces together. Some complicated fractures may need surgery and surgical traction. In most cases, your cast will be removed after a few weeks, but you must treat your limb with care for at least the next month or so.
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Matti has shown his passion for improving the quality of healthcare as demonstrated by his 99th percentile patient satisfaction scores and surgical outcomes. His surgical procedures include partial knee and total knee replacement, shoulder arthroscopy with complex reconstruction and revision surgery, knee arthroscopy, sports medicine, trauma, and hand surgery.