Orthopedic surgeons undergo extensive training for 5-7 years after medical school. During this training we learn how to evaluate for and manage a multitude of injuries, strains and fractures. Fracture treatment varies depending on severity, displacement and location. Some fractures will be best managed with immobilization like a cast or splint; however, some will require surgical intervention to better align the bone and place implants if needed.
Most fractures or sprains happen as a result of a traumatic injury such as a fall or accident. Patients will usually experience pain and may sometimes hear an audible “snap” or “pop”. This may be accompanied by swelling and redness around the site of injury. If you suspect you have an injury, then seek care as soon as possible.