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General principles of acute fracture management

Richard Derby, MD
Anthony Beutler, MD
Section Editors
Patrice Eiff, MD
Chad A Asplund, MD, FACSM, MPH
Deputy Editor
Jonathan Grayzel, MD, FAAEM


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

Radiographic assessment


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