Overview

Fractures

Our body framework is made up of bones which provide support and put all other organs in their right place. They are usually strong, but they too have their limits. When a force exerted on the bone exceeds the force that the bone can withstand, it can break. And needless to say, fractured bones give the highest amount of pain compared to the other conditions.

Overview

Fractures

Our body framework is made up of bones which provide support and put all other organs in their right place. They are usually strong, but they too have their limits. When a force exerted on the bone exceeds the force that the bone can withstand, it can break. And needless to say, fractured bones give the highest amount of pain compared to the other conditions. 

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Walk-ins are always welcome, or schedule an appointment to reserve a time.

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Skip the emergency room wait and receive more specialized attention than at an urgent care center.

Uniquely Certified

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Fractures

About

Fractured bones are one of the most painful conditions that someone could go through. Any bone in the body could suffer such trauma. Its causes are usually rooted on traumatic incidents, like car accidents, or on medical conditions like osteoporosis and different types of cancer. There are five types of fractures which are divided based upon the severity of the damage. A stable fracture is considered the first degree of all fractures and it happens when the broken ends of the bones line up. Secondly, a fracture is considered open or compound when the skin is affected as well as the bone. Transverse fractures occur when a strong force is applied perpendicular to the long axis of the bone, and so the fracture ends up being perpendicular as well. We consider the fracture to be oblique if it is diagonal to the bone’s long axis. Lastly, a comminuted fracture, which is the highest degree of all of them, occurs if the bone has been shattered into 3 or more pieces.

Common causes for fractures:

• Traumatic

• Medical Conditions

  • Treatment
  • Conservative
  • Medications
  • Surgery

At South Miami Walk-In Orthopedics and Sports Medicine we offer comprehensive care solutions for patients suffering from fractures. We count on the vast experience of our doctors who work meticulously to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for our patients. In general, our procedure includes examining the affected area in close detail and designing a personalized plan of treatment that maximizes the chances of a proper and fast recovery.

Treatment for fractures often require surgery, but most recently non-surgical treatments are gaining a lot of popularity. A fractured joint cannot heal itself unless it is fixed first and then put back in the right place. Immobilization is very useful to treat fractures and devices such as splints, casts, and slings help prevent movement of the affected area. Slings are manufactured from flexible fabric which cover the affected area. These are most commonly used for patients with shoulder fractures. Splints and cast are similar devices with different functions.

Unlike other pain treatment, medications form an integral part of fracture treatment process as the pain is generally intense and unbearable for the patient. These medications include antibiotics, painkillers etcetera. Pain killers are generally prescribed to reduce pain, while antibiotics serve as prevention of any infection and promote blood circulation. However, these should only be taken as prescribed by a doctor and subsequent follow-ups should be scheduled in order to measure the effectiveness of the medications.

As fractures give acute pain and no mobility to the affected area whatsoever, they usually require emergency treatment. To protect the affected area from further damage, a splint is put against the area to avoid bending or pressurizing the area. If there is bleeding, then pressure is first applied to stop the bleeding followed by elevating the fracture.

To treat fractured bones, the displaced or broken bones must be put into their right places and held together to let them heal on their own which is usually accelerated by medications and therapy. Setting a bone in its place is called reduction. Repositioning a bone without performing a surgery is referred to as closed reduction, and repositioning it surgically is called open reduction.

Devices such as pins, plates, rods, glue, and screws are employed to keep the fractured bones in place. After setting, fractures are immobilized using splints or casts in order to reduce pain and aid the healing process.

Dr. Fabian Morales

M.D., MS, CAQSM

Dr. Fabian Morales is one of only a handful of physicians in the United States to be double board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine and certified to practice Age Management Medicine. In addition to the acute management of orthopedic injuries and illnesses, Dr. Morales provides a full spectrum of orthopedic care including diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, fracture management and regenerative non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morales has significant experience at the highest levels of professional sports including serving as Medical Director for Event Medical Services at the National Basketball Association. He provides medical coverage for elite level athletes domestically and internationally including NBA Global Games, NBA finals, All Star Games and NBA basketball camps. He has also served as medical director for USA Boxing where he provided medical coverage at ringside for youth and adult boxing matches.

Dr. Morales has a special interest in regenerative nonsurgical orthopedics and Age Management for patients and athletes throughout their lives. He is a pioneer in the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell treatments for a variety of orthopedic conditions.

A graduate of the Rutgers Medical School, Dr. Morales completed a residency at Jacobi Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where he served as a team physician for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dr. Morales has been core faculty at the Sports Medicine fellowship at North Shore/LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine in New York and is the current supervisor of the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine rotation at the Emergency Medicine residency program at Kendall Regional Hospital in Miami. He has done multiple presentations and lectures on sports medicine and anti-aging as well as having multiple publications in the field. He has also been interviewed multiple times in television and print on topics relating to sports medicine.

Dr. Morales has been a life long athlete and participates in Mixed Martial Arts and CrossFit/Interval Training.

Dr. Morales is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Michael Rosselli

M.D., MPH, CAQSM, FAAEM

Dr. Michael Rosselli is one of only a handful of physicians in the United States board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine. As such, he is uniquely qualified to provide care to the acutely injured on the field, in the emergency department and in the office. Dr. Rosselli has significant experience in the treatment of orthopedic injuries at all levels, including at the top level of professional sports. Dr. Rosselli serves as Medical Director for Event Medical Services at the National Basketball Association where he provides medical coverage at NBA All-Star Games and at both international and domestic basketball camps. He has been the Medical Director for such diverse sporting events such as The King of the Cage Mixed Martial Arts, the Western Athletic Conference College Basketball Tournament and team physician for the Lingerie Football League, the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Las Vegas Locos. He also served as the Sports Medicine Specialist and Medical Opinion Blogger for the Sports Nutrition Proline of Everlast.

Dr. Rosselli specializes in the latest cutting-edge treatments including PRP and Stem Cell treatment frequently found only in major universities.

A graduate of Memorial University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at Columbia University Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at New York University North Shore/LIJ. Dr. Rosselli has also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College in New York City.

Dr. Rosselli currently serves as a Core Faculty member and is the Director of Musculoskeletal Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He has published numerous articles and has lectured nationally on various topics in both emergency medicine and sports medicine.

A lifelong athlete, Dr. Rosselli is an avid participant in CrossFit and amateur boxing.