A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle. A fracture is an injury to a bone. Why is it important to know the differences? Emily Harold, MD, professor of orthopedics at University of Utah Health Care, joins Tom Miller, MD, to discuss the differences in these injuries, how to identify them, and what the differences can mean for your treatment and recovery.
For runners, athletes, and other active people, shin splints can be a common soreness or pain that you learn to work through. Stress fractures can have similar signs and symptoms and shin splints, but are potentially much more serious and require weeks of treatment. Athletic trainer Travis Nolan explains the difference between a splint and a fracture and when you should seek a professional evaluation.
Ankle sprains are the most common injury in the United States. Sometimes they go hand-in-hand with a fracture. So how can you tell if your ankle is sprained and fractured? Dr. Tom Miller talks to orthopedic specialist Dr. Alexej Barg about the signs of an ankle fracture.
At this time, the walk-in clinic is requiring patients to schedule an appointment for treatment. If you or someone you know experiences an acute orthopedic injury, call 801-997-9955 to schedule an appointment with the Injury Clinic and help keep our community’s ER and Urgent care facilities free.
Broken bones hurt all the way up until you get a cast on it. On today’s Health Hack, emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen explains how to make a simple DIY splint to help immobilize an injured limb while you wait for treatment.
Broken bones can occasionally heal in the wrong position, forming a “malunion” or “malalignment” after treatment. These misaligned bones can cause further problems and pain in the body. Dr. Tom Miller talks to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Haller about what causes these bones to heal improperly and what can be done to fix it.
A common question people may ask is whether a bone fracture will heal itself or if it needs to be treated by a doctor. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Haller says it depends on the severity. Some broken bones require an operation, whereas others simply need a cast. Find out ways to identify a possible fracture and whether or not you should seek treatment.
As we age, our bones become weaker, meaning we’re more likely to suffer breaks, sprains and fractures. For some people, a vertebral fracture in the spine, also known as a fragility fracture, can be caused by something as simple as sitting up in bed with particularly weak bones. Dr. Tom Miller talks to Dr. Nick Spina, orthopedic surgeon at University of Utah Health, explains the complications that can arise with osteoporosis and an aging spine, and the different ways specialists can treat it.
Believe it or not, sometimes people can break bones and not realize it. Emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen says some bones are more prone to fractures. Swelling, trouble moving a joint, or lingering pain after a few days can all be indications of a bone fracture. Learn about some other symptoms of broken bones if you suspect you may need an X-ray to find out for sure.
Broke a bone and need a cast? Well, forget those big, heavy casts that your friends could write on. Dr. Tom Miller speaks with Dr. Bruce Thomas, an orthopedic surgeon, to discuss how physicians now use lighter, fiberglass casts to help bones heal instead of the heavier Plaster of Paris casts from earlier times.
Dr. Tom Miller speaks with Dr. Joy English, professor of orthopedics, who says a growth plate fracture is common among children and teens and may not always be visible on an X-ray. If your child feels pain from an accident even after an X-ray finds no bone fracture, Dr. English says you should seek additional advice. The two also discuss why growth plate fractures occur and why they are sometimes hard for physicians to see.
When injuries occur, patients may have choices for different trauma centers to visit. Dr. Tom Miller speaks with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Haller about what a Level I trauma center is and why he recommends going to a top-level facility if one is nearby. Studies show Level I trauma centers provide better outcomes even for simpler injuries and are often better equipped and more cost-effective when treating sudden injuries.