Traumatic Fractures: Our Bones Can Only Take So Much!

About Ankle FracturesSo, are you pumped-up for the 2014 Weightlifting Wise Championships? On July 26, athletes will gather at the Austin Convention Center, and the snatching, clean, and jerking will begin! All of that overhead lifting is impressive, but did you ever think about how much stress that puts on their bones? Sure, it seems like the muscles are doing all of the work, but in reality, they owe it all to the bones—they’re what’s supporting them after all! The truth is, in weightlifting, and other sports that use repetitive motion, there is a definite risk of traumatic fractures occurring.

Fractures are caused by trauma to the bone—be it sudden or over time—in excess of what it can tolerate. They can range from a crack (incomplete) to an all-out break (complete). Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture, which bone is affected, and the patient’s overall health.

Typically, it needs to be immobilized with a splint or cast, and given the appropriate amount of time to heal. That means to lay off the barbells for a while! In some cases, surgery may be required to ensure the bone heals in its proper position. Once healed, physical therapy is imperative to regain normal function and strength.

So, as you’re watching the weightlifting championships, don’t just cheer for the amazing muscle strength—give those bones a round of applause too, and wish them well in keeping traumatic fractures at bay.

To learn more, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX. Call (512) 328-8900 today.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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