Sports Fractures Fractures, or broken bones, are an unfortunate side effect of many activities, especially contact sports. Bones can fracture as a result of a direct blow, traumatic accident or collision with another person. Stress fractures are a common type of fracture among athletes, and can happen when repetitive motions weaken the bone, causing it to eventually break. Some fractures result in a clean break, while others fracture partially or shatter in multiple fragments. In nearly all cases you will need to seek treatment from your health care provider—without proper medical attention, your bone may not heal properly. Pain and swelling can sometimes make it difficult to tell a fracture from a bad sprain or strain. Here’s what to look for: Difficulty walking or putting weight on an injured arm, hand or wrist Numbness near the site of the injury Difficulty moving the injured body part Treatment In order to return a broken bone to its original condition, it must be held in place so it can reset properly. Plaster or fiberglass casts can achieve healing this way, by allowing the fracture to remain still while new bone cells regrow. Once healed, your muscles will likely be somewhat weakened, making physical therapy effective in increasing strength, muscle tone and flexibility. While some broken bones respond well to a cast, others may require more invasive methods such as surgery to correct the issue. Bone fracture repair, for example, is a surgery that involves the use of pins, rods, screws or other hardware to stabilize the bone and hold it in place. Your health care provider will be able to determine the best course of treatment after a thorough examination and imaging tests have been conducted. If you’d like more information about our sports medicine program, or to schedule a consultation, call (856) 641-8000 ext. SPORT or email SportsMedicine@ihn.org. Why Choose Inspira? Advanced Treatment for Athletes of All Skill Levels Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels, and at Inspira, we’re committed to providing personalized care based on your specific athletic goals. Our team of trained clinical professionals, including a sports orthopedic specialist, certified athletic trainer, physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, work collaboratively to engineer a treatment plan that works for you—wherever you are in your journey to athletic excellence. Comprehensive Sports Medicine Services Inspira’s sports medicine program focuses on maximizing the athletic performance of both professional and amateur athletes, as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Screening Services for Injury Prevention Screenings can help reduce your risk of injury before the big race, upcoming season or whatever athletic event you’re training for. Inspira’s sports medicine clinicians know exactly how to keep you safe from injury with functional movement screenings and baseline concussion testing. These practices go a long way in preventing injuries, allowing you to perform your best for years to come. Skilled Orthopedic Expertise Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.