Fractures Specialist

Anthony S. Melillo, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Anthony S. Melillo, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

About 6.8 million Americans experience a bone fracture every year. At Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Houston, Texas, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Anthony S. Melillo, MD, provides expert diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans to help your bones heal so you can rebuild your strength, stamina, and flexibility. If you’re concerned about a fracture, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Fractures Q & A

Are there different types of fractures?

Yes, there are several different types of fractures, including: 

  • Greenstick - the bone cracks on one side
  • Traverse - the bone breaks in a straight line across the bone
  • Spiral - the fracture spirals around the bone
  • Oblique - diagonal break
  • Compression - instead of cracking, the bone is crushed
  • Comminuted - the bone breaks in three or more places in the same area
  • Segmented - the bone breaks in two locations, resulting in a “floating” piece of bone

Different types of injuries are more likely to cause various breaks. For example, spiral fractures are often due to twisting injuries, while compression fractures are common in the vertebrae of people who have osteoporosis.

What are some of the most common fractures?

At Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Melillo diagnoses and treats a wide range of fractures. Some of the most commonly broken bones include wrists, ankles, arms, and clavicles (collarbones). Hip fractures are common in older patients or those who have osteoporosis. 

What are the signs of a bone fracture?

Fractures are usually extremely painful and cause various symptoms, including:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Visible deformity or out of place limb or joint
  • Limited or absent mobility in the injured body part

If you think you’ve broken a bone, it’s critical to get medical attention right away. Dr. Melillo can assess your injury and provide treatment to ensure your bone heals quickly and correctly.

How are fractures treated?

Dr. Melillo begins with a thorough exam of your injury, including X-rays, which allow him to see your bone to evaluate the extent of the fracture. Then, he creates a customized treatment plan to set your bone and start the healing process. 

Immobilization is a critical part of most fracture treatment programs. Your bone needs to remain still so your natural regenerative ability can knit your bone back together. Dr. Melillo might provide a fiberglass cast, a brace, or an inflatable immobilizing device. 

In severe cases, you might need surgery. Dr. Melillo can align your bones and use screws, wires, and metal plates to hold your bone together while you recover.

Dr. Melillo might also recommend physical therapy, regenerative medicine like stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or low-intensity ultrasound therapy to aid your recovery. 

Call Bay Oaks Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine or make an appointment online today for expert treatment for fractures.