How to Care for Broken Bones

The orthopedic experts in the Henry Ford Health System are here to support you as you recover from a broken bone, dislocation or fracture. When you know what to expect after a broken bone or dislocation, you can take an active role in the healing process. You’ll feel better and get back on your feet faster.

What to expect after orthopedic trauma

The treatments and devices that your orthopedist uses to help heal bone trauma or fracture may take some getting used to. In addition, you may lose strength or range of motion as your bone heals. If you do, your doctor will work with physical therapists to design a rehabilitation program to help you regain strength and flexibility.

If your doctor prescribes an aid to support your injured limb or help you get around, he or she will make sure it is properly fitted before you go home. Here are some tips for living with the equipment you may use after a bone fracture or other trauma:

Stay connected as you recover

If you have questions about your recovery, call the phone number indicated on your instruction sheet. You can also connect with an on-call doctor using MyChart. This technology lets you use email or video chat for follow-up care, avoiding unnecessary trips to the office.
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If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

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