Fractures Specialist

Nabil Ebraheim, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Toledo, OH

As you get older or if you live an active lifestyle, you may be at an increased risk for fractures in your bones. To prevent long-term complications, Nabil Ebraheim, MD, can quickly confirm a fracture and create a custom treatment plan to restore your bone health. At his Toledo, Ohio, orthopedic clinic, Dr. Ebraheim offers on-site diagnostics and treatment plans for fracture care. He is also skilled in surgical techniques to reset your bone and protect your long-term mobility. Schedule a diagnostic consultation for a fracture by phone or online today, or visit the office as a walk-in.

Fractures

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a break in the bone that can occur anywhere in your body, often because of injuries from:

  • Falls
  • Overuse
  • Osteoporosis
  • Auto accidents
  • Sports participation

Your risk for fractures also increases as you age, and your bones naturally become weaker and less dense.

There are a variety of different ways to describe a fracture, depending on the nature of your injury and how it affects your bone.

An open, or compound, fracture occurs when the bone breaks through the skin, while a closed fracture doesn’t. Complete and incomplete fractures describe whether or not the fracture goes completely through the bone or not.

Fractures can also be displaced or non-displaced, which refers to the way a bone breaks. You can also suffer a hairline fracture, which occurs when you develop a small crack in your bone.

Another fracture type, most common in children, is a greenstick fracture, where the break doesn’t go all the way through the bone, but does cause the bone to bend.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

At the time of your injury, you may hear a noticeable snapping sound or feel a grinding sensation in the affected bone. Other common symptoms of a fracture include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Difficulties putting weight on the bone

In serious fractures, you may see the bone protruding through your skin or a visible deformity in your bone beneath your skin.

How is a fracture diagnosed?

Though Dr. Ebraheim can often identify open fractures after a visual exam, he offers the latest diagnostic equipment to confirm the severity and type of fracture you have, such as:

  • X-rays
  • CT scan
  • MRI

Once he understands your fracture type, Dr. Ebraheim creates a custom treatment plan to ensure your bone heals properly and you can regain function in the affected area.

What treatments are available for fractures?

Minor, closed fractures and hairline fractures may require mobilization with a brace or cast. This allows the bone to heal naturally over time without surgery. Dr. Ebraheim also creates a plan to manage your pain and may prescribe medications to prevent inflammation and other complications.

Open and other complex fracture types often require surgery. Dr. Ebraheim uses the latest surgical techniques to reset the bone into proper position. In serious fractures, he may need to stabilize the bone with screws or plates that fuse to your bone for better support.

If you have symptoms of a fracture or need surgery for a known fracture, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebraheim online or by phone today. You can also visit his orthopedic clinic as a walk-in patient.