Fracture Care Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Proper management of a fracture significantly improves your chances of making a full recovery. At his practice in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Tim Kavanaugh, MD, and his team provide specialized fracture care for all types of bone breaks. Whether you have a simple stress fracture or a compression fracture, Dr. Kavanaugh and his team can help. Call Tim Kavanaugh, MD, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Fracture Care Q&A

What is fracture care?

A fracture is a bone break that can develop from repetitive stress, sudden injury, or an underlying medical condition. Caring for a fracture early on can help improve your recovery outcome. Dr. Kavanaugh and his team provide comprehensive care for fractures, from immobilization and bracing to orthopedic surgery.

What causes a fracture?

Fractures occur when bones endure too much force and pressure. The most common causes of fractures include:

Injury or trauma

One of the most common reasons for a fracture is a direct impact on your bone. A sports injury, car accident, or severe fall can all crack or twist your bone.

Overuse

Stress fractures develop from repetitive pressure and force. They can occur nearly anywhere on your body but are most common in weight-bearing bones in your legs and feet. 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes brittle bones. When you have osteoporosis, your bones become porous, thin, and vulnerable to fractures.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the flexible cartilage surrounding your joints breaks down. As cartilage disappears, friction between connecting bones can increase your risk of fractures.

How do I know if I need fracture care?

Fracture symptoms vary from person to person. While some experience intense, sudden pain, others may not realize they’ve fractured a bone until it’s already started healing. Telltale signs of bone fractures include:

  • Swelling
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Persistent, lingering pain
  • Bruising
  • Redness or warmth
  • Trouble moving affected joints
  • Lump or deformity

Dr. Kavanaugh and his team treat a variety of bone fractures, including those affecting your hips, shoulders, arms, and wrists.

How are fractures diagnosed?

Diagnosing a fracture requires a comprehensive physical exam and medical history review. Imaging scans, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans, are also necessary to diagnose a fracture and determine its severity. These scans also allow Dr. Kavanaugh to see if your fracture has damaged your surrounding tissues.

What does fracture care include?

Depending on the severity of your fracture, Dr. Kavanaugh may recommend:

  • Immobilization
  • Casting
  • Bracing
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Surgery

Dr. Kavanaugh and his team use the latest technology to surgically care for fractures, including Arthrex®, Zimmer Biomet, and LimaCorporate Orthopaedic devices. How Dr. Kavanaugh performs your procedure depends on the severity and area of your fracture.

While internal fixation involves placing pins or metal rods inside your bone, external fixation provides a stable foundation for the outside.

For more information on fracture care, call Tim Kavanaugh, MD, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.