Joe Cooper, MD
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA & Brentwood, CA
Fractures require specialized care, so it’s important to have a skilled orthopedics expert like Joe Cooper, MD, to guide an optimal recovery. Dr. Cooper offers the best of cutting-edge orthopedics care in Los Angeles, California, from conservative nonsurgical treatments to highly specialized solutions like arthroscopic and robotic surgery. Book your appointment by calling the Beverly Hills or Brentwood office, or schedule your consultation online now.
Fractures Q & A
What are fractures?
Fractures are broken bones. There are many different types of bone fractures, including breaks that move only part of the way through the bone, complete breaks that bisect the bone, and breaks that shatter the bone into many pieces. There are also many different fracture patterns, including horizontal, vertical, and angled.
What causes fractures?
Most bone fractures occur with trauma, which can include accidents like falls, direct blows, auto collisions, and sports injuries.
You can also suffer a fracture because of overuse. For example, many athletes experience stress fractures after long periods of heavy training.
Finally, osteoporosis, a disease of bone thinning, can greatly weaken your bones and increase your chances of fractures during an accident like a fall.
What kind of symptoms do fractures cause?
Fractures usually cause symptoms shortly after they happen. Common fracture symptoms are:
- Mild, moderate, or severe localized pain
- Difficulty standing
- Difficulty bearing weight
- Visible deformity
If you experience these symptoms, treatment is essential. Ignoring fracture symptoms could lead to a long-term injury, but early fracture treatment is typically very successful.
How does fracture repair work?
Dr. Cooper is a fracture repair specialist who uses the most advanced techniques to prompt optimal healing. In some cases, minor fractures may heal with immobilization, physical therapy, and activity modification.
In many cases, surgical fracture repair is the best way to restore proper bone position and maximize your recovery. Dr. Cooper uses a variety of surgical techniques for fracture care, customizing the procedure for your particular fracture.
If possible, he uses minimally invasive arthroscopy to access and repair your fracture using tiny punctures rather than large incisions. For severe fractures and complex damage, like bones broken into multiple pieces, Dr. Cooper may need to use traditional surgery techniques.
Many fractures require fixation using pins, screws, and plates. Dr. Cooper may use bone grafts to help restore your bone and support your healing.
If you sustained any damage to nearby nerves or blood vessels at the time of your fracture, Dr. Cooper can skillfully restore them using advanced surgical techniques.
How long does it take to recover from fractures?
Fracture recovery varies from as little as a few weeks to as long as several months, based on the severity, location, and type of break. Dr. Cooper designs a rehab plan to help you transition back to an active life, according to your specific needs.
For help with fractures, call Joe Cooper, MD, or click on the scheduling feature now.