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As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our orthopedic doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics are dedicated to providing expert fracture care for adult and pediatric patients in Bristol, Johnson City, and the surrounding areas.

The body's bones are extremely strong and are able to hold up against powerful forces without injury. However, all of our bones are vulnerable to damage or trauma. When a force is applied that is too strong for the bone, it can result in a break or crack. There are different types of fractures. A simple or closed fracture is when a bone breaks but does not damage the skin or tissue surrounding the break. Then there are complex fractures, which occur during a high-impact injury or accident, have a higher risk of complication, and require specialized treatment.

Our doctors offer expert fracture and orthopedic trauma care for adults and also provide the highest level of care and compassion to children experiencing fractures. Our specialists understand that because children’s bodies are growing and changing their musculoskeletal problems differ from those of an adult and require specialized care and treatment unique to their age, anatomy, and individual needs.

Highly skilled and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of fractures and related orthopedic concerns, our experts consider surgical treatment options only after nonsurgical methods have proven to be unsuccessful.

Should You See a Fracture Care Doctor?

It may be time to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Bruising
  • Discoloration around the affected area
  • Inability to apply weight
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing or stabbing pain
  • Unable to move the affected bone or body part due to pain

These problems may indicate that you are dealing with one of the following types of fractures:

  • Closed, stable 
  • Comminuted
  • Compound 
  • Malunion 
  • Multiple fractures or broken bones
  • Nonunion 
  • Oblique 
  • Open 
  • Stress 
  • Transverse

Specialized Fracture Care You Can Trust in Bristol and Johnson City

At Appalachian Orthopedics, we offer three convenient locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, and Johnson City. Our specialty-trained orthopedic doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics have a full understanding of the body's anatomy and are dedicated to delivering an exceptional level of care. They will apply their expertise directly to your situation and can guide you toward treatments that help reduce pain and restore you to optimal health. Our surgeons always carefully consider nonsurgical options first before recommending surgery. Early on, they may take X-rays so they can further study the injured area and surrounding structures to determine which nonsurgical treatment may be right for you, such as casting or bracing. If surgery is ultimately needed, rest assured that our orthopedic experts will use their advanced skills along with our state-of-the-art technology to perform a surgical procedure that can help you heal properly and experience the best possible outcomes.

Working alongside our orthopedic surgeons, our licensed physical therapists provide a full and comprehensive set of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation services. They treat each patient's problem individually through an evaluation to design a specific treatment plan with the overall goal of restoring function and enhancing one's quality of life.

If you think you have suffered a fracture, schedule an appointment with one of our expert fracture surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our three locations: Bristol – Hospital, Bristol Midway, or Johnson City.

Please note that if you or your child have a fracture in which the wound or affected area is open and bleeding or if there is bone exposed, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room immediately.

For those acute needs that can't wait to be seen, visit our OrthoAccess Walk-In Clinic at our Johnson City or Bristol Midway offices.