General principles of acute fracture management
- Richard Derby, MD
Richard Derby, MD
- Faculty Teaching Physician
- Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
- St. Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program
- Anthony Beutler, MD
Anthony Beutler, MD
- Associate Professor of Family Medicine
- Uniformed Services University
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- Patrice Eiff, MD
Patrice Eiff, MD
- Section Editor — Adult Orthopedics; Sports-Related Injuries
- Professor of Family Medicine
- Oregon Health & Science University
- Chad A Asplund, MD, FACSM, MPH
Chad A Asplund, MD, FACSM, MPH
- Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology
- Director of Athletic Medicine
- Head Team Physician
- Georgia Southern University
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- Jonathan Grayzel, MD, FAAEM
Jonathan Grayzel, MD, FAAEM
- Senior Deputy Editor — UpToDate
- Deputy Editor — Emergency Medicine (Adult and Pediatric)
- Deputy Editor — Primary Care Sports Medicine (Adolescents and Adults)
- Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
Patients with suspected fractures require urgent and sometimes emergent evaluation to determine if serious complicating conditions exist. Such conditions, including any neurovascular injury, often require immediate surgical consultation [1,2]. Nevertheless, many fractures are uncomplicated and can be managed effectively in a non-surgical setting.
The acute management of uncomplicated fractures is reviewed below and involves the following steps:
●Initial clinical assessment
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