Bone/ Fracture Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

It’s important to seek immediate attention if you have a broken bone, and you don’t need to look any further than Scott M. Taylor M.D., A Professional Corporation. Dr. Taylor can diagnose and treat bone fractures with his superior skill and expertise. As an orthopedic surgeon, he can fix even the most complex fractures. If you’re looking for a specialist in Oakland, California to fix your broken bone, call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment today.

Bone/ Fracture Q & A

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a crack or break in the bone. The way the bone breaks determines the type of fracture:

  • Stable: the two parts of the bone line up
  • Open, compound: both the skin and bone are broken
  • Transverse: the fracture runs horizontally
  • Oblique: the break runs at an angle
  • Comminuted: the bone shatters into multiple pieces

 

What causes fractures?

Fractures are the result of force against the bone, causing it to bend past the point of pliancy. Stress fractures occur after repeated stress causes small cracks in a bone. The most common events that lead to fractures include:

  • Trauma from falls or accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Osteoporosis

 

What kind of fractures do you treat?

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Scott Taylor treats any break in the upper or lower body:

Upper body

  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Upper arm, or humerus
  • Forearm
  • Shoulder
  • Clavicle
  • Elbow

Lower body

  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Upper leg, or femur
  • Lower leg, or tibia

 

How do you treat fractures?

Fractures require immediate treatment, so if you feel intense pain or can’t move or put weight on a limb, see Dr. Taylor right away.

The treatment approach for fractures depends on the location and type of fracture shown on the X-ray. The most common treatments for fractures include immobilization, traction, and fixation.

Traction

Traction describes the process of pulling the bone back into alignment. Bones must be realigned to heal correctly.

Immobilization

Immobilization involves keeping the bone from moving while it heals with a cast or brace. Immobilization is appropriate for bones that can be repositioned properly, such as stable fractures.

Fixation

Dr. Taylor uses either external or internal fixation with metal components to keep the bone in place while it heals. External fixation involves screws and pins connected to a metal bar outside the body to stabilize the bone. After internal fixation surgery, metal plates, rods, and screws inside the body hold the bone fragments together to heal.

If you’re looking for an orthopedic specialist in Oakland, California, to treat your fracture, set up an appointment with Dr. Taylor online or over the phone.