What Are Pain Management Methods For Bone Fractures?

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Understanding how to manage pain in patients with bone fractures can be difficult for many physicians, especially due to the fact that bone fractures can be quite diverse. 

Bone fractures can normally be placed into two categories: surgical or non-surgical. The former being an invasive approach; the latter being a conservative approach. Most of the time treatment decisions are based on the location and severity of a patient's fracture. 

There are several pain management options for bone fractures. These methods include medication (such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen with codeine, and Vicodin) immobilization and stabilization. 

Once the fractured bone has been successfully aligned, immobilized and healed, the patient will typically undergo a period of rehabilitation to strengthen the injured area.

There are other pain management measures that physicians can use when healing a fractured bone: hot or cold compresses, massage, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit. Depending on the patient, heat or cold compresses could be more therapeutic. At the end of the day, it all depends on what works best with for the patient you're treating.  

Some injured patients respond well to deep tissue massage and myofascial release. These treatment options relaxes the muscles and provides relief to the entire body. Massages should be administered by a qualified therapist.

Before treating a patient for a bone fracture, be sure to look at what the individual needs. Find therapy that fits the injured patient's condition instead of comparing the patient to others. Every case involving a fractured bone will be different than the one prior. 

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Bone fractures can normally be placed into two categories: surgical or non-surgical.
Pain management options for bone fractures can be diverse and varied in nature. While it is commonplace to reference a broken bone or bone break regarding a fracture of a bone, a “break” is not a technical orthopedic term. A bone fracture is defined by a condition in which there is a break in the continuity of a bone. Fractures can be the result of stress, traumatic injury, or a significant impact to the body. Moreover, bone fractures could also result from certain medical conditions that weaken the bones of the human body, such as bone cancer or osteoporosis. Pain management options for bone fractures can involve long and short-term treatment measures, which may or may not include surgical intervention. It often depends upon the location and severity of the fracture(s) involved in each case.
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