If you or someone you love suffers an injury and you suspect a bone may be broken, come to Fast Track Urgent Care for broken bone treatment. Broken bones require immediate attention. Visit one of our two convenient Silver Spring-area walk-in clinics to have your injury diagnosed and treated.
How Can I Tell If a Bone Is Broken?
When you’ve fallen or been otherwise injured, you may experience these broken bone symptoms:
- Pain in the affected area that gets worse when pressure is applied
- Bruising and/or swelling on or around the injury
- Bone protruding from the skin
- Deformity of the injured arm or leg
- Loss of function and movement
Types of Broken Bones or Fractures
Broken bones, also called fractures, can range in severity from minor to critical. Some of the most common fractures include:
- Stable fracture – The bone is broken but hasn’t moved out of place.
- Hairline or stress fracture – The bone has a crack caused by repeated stress on the area.
- Compound fracture – The broken bone protrudes from the skin.
- Comminuted fracture – The bone is broken in three or more places. Comminuted fractures often require surgery and/or the use of metal screws.
Casts and Splints for Broken Bones
After a fracture is diagnosed, a cast or splint is usually applied.
- Cast – Made of plaster or fiberglass, a cast is custom-made around your injury and must be removed by your doctor.
- Splint – Splints are less permanent than casts; they are held in place by a bandage and you can adjust them as your injury heals. Though they can be custom-created, they are available in a variety of stock sizes and shapes to suit many types of injuries.
Whether your doctor applies a cast or splint depends mainly on the severity of your injury and your doctor’s opinion on how it will best heal.
How Long Does it Take a Broken Bone to Heal?
In general, broken bones usually take anywhere from six to eight weeks to completely heal. But it really depends on the type of break and how severe it is, as well as other factors including patient age, additional health issues, and the patient’s age. Children’s bones usually heal more quickly than adults’.
Silver Spring Urgent Care for Broken Bones
If you or someone you are with needs treatment for a broken bone or suspected fracture, instead of searching for “urgent care centers near me,” come to Fast Track Urgent Care right away. Visit one of our Silver Spring urgent care clinics during our convenient daytime, evening, and weekend hours.
Fast Track Urgent Care accepts most insurance plans. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call at 800-417-1164.
When Is Urgent Care the Right Option?
Some of the advantages of choosing Fast Track include:
- Accessibility. There is no need to make an appointment at our walk-in clinics.
- Availability. Our board certified doctors and clinicians are accessible when you can’t schedule an appointment with your regular doctor.
- Service. Typically, the wait at Fast Track Urgent Care is far shorter than the wait at the emergency room.
Please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if:
- You have a life-threatening emergency
- You have a history of heart disease or have had a prior heart attack and are experiencing chest pains
If you have any questions about our services, staff, or what kind of issues we treat, please contact us or call 800-417-1164.
Urgent Care Service Area
In addition to our walk-in clinics in Silver Spring and Kensington, we also provide urgent care services for people who live and work in the following Maryland areas: Adelphi, Ashton, Aspen Hill, Beltsville, Bethesda, Brookeville, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Calverton , Chevy Chase, Cloverly, Colesville, College Park, Gaithersburg, Garrett Park, Germantown, Glen Echo, Glenmont, Hillandale, Hyattsville, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Langley Park, Laurel, Layhill, Norbeck, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Norwood, Olney, Potomac, Rockville, Sandy Spring, Scaggsville, Silver Spring, Spencerville, Takoma Park, and Wheaton. We also provide urgent care services in the Washington, DC area.