Treatment of Broken Bones at our Urgent Care Center in St. Johns, MI
At Ouch Urgent Care of St. Johns, MI, we’re open every day with a full medical team and digital X-rays on site, so your broken bone can be examined right away.
Overview of Broken Bones
You may be wondering what constitutes a broken bone. The term “broken bone” is more precisely referred to as a “fracture.” Fractures occur when direct, excessive force is applied to the bone, causing it to break, shatter, or crack. While there are numerous types of broken bones, below are some of the most common:
- Stress fracture: Repetitive motion causes a small crack in the bone.
- Simple (closed) fracture: The skin and surrounding tissue remains intact despite a broken bone.
- Open or compound fracture: A piece of bone protrudes through the skin.
- Greenstick: The bone bends and breaks only on one side. This break is commonly observed in children.
Treatment of Broken Bones
It is crucial to seek medical attention following a bone fracture, as proper setting will ensure your bones heal properly without further complications. Your Ouch Urgent Care medical team will examine the fracture and order X-rays to determine the extent, type, and exact location of the fracture. The healing process will depend on the location and extent of the fracture and may require the use of a splint, cast, or even surgery to correct. Broken bones may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to properly heal, so it is important to seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible.
When to Visit the ER
While Ouch Urgent Care is equipped to handle most minor fractures, there are instances when seeking emergency care for your broken bones is advised. Emergency room visits are necessary when:
- The bone is protruding from the skin
- There is heavy bleeding
- You cannot move the injured area without causing excessive pain
- The fracture is located along the spine, head, or back
If any of these conditions apply to your broken bones, please seek emergency care immediately.
Feel Better Fast
Stop by Ouch Urgent Care in St. Johns, MI, today if you need same-day treatment for broken bones. We understand that injuries and illnesses rarely strike at convenient times—that’s why we’re open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. And, to make our urgent care services as accessible as possible, we accept most health insurance plans and offer affordable rates to self-pay patients.