General Orthopaedic Fractures Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan


Orthopaedic fractures are broken bones commonly caused by trauma such as falls, motor vehicle accidents sports etc. In some cases, thinning and weakening of the bone due to osteoporosis may also cause the bone to break easily. 

What Are Orthopaedic Fractures?

Orthopaedic fractures are partial or complete breaks in the bone.

Many patients think fractures refer only to hairline cracks and not bones that are outright broken. However in medical terminology, any crack or break of the bone is referred to, as a fracture.

Fractures are generally classified as open or close. Open fractures or compound fractures are injuries that result in the bone poking through the skin, and the bone is visible. On the other hand, closed or simple fractures do not break open the skin, and the skin remains intact.

It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of fractures. 

What Causes Orthopaedic Fractures?

Common causes of orthopaedic fractures include:

  • Fall, injury or direct trauma
  • Overuse or repetitive motions
  • Osteoporosis (bones weaken as you age)

What Are the Symptoms of Orthopaedic Fractures?

Common symptoms of orthopaedic fractures include:

  • Sharp pain
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity or ‘bump’ at the fracture site
  • Inability to load bear on the involved bone (eg unable to stand if the leg bone is injured)
  • Decreased mobility or range of motion

How Are Orthopaedic Fractures Diagnosed?

Your doctor will physically examine your fracture site to check for tenderness, swelling or pain. They may also test your mobility and range of motion of the joint. (if the fracture is at or near a joint.)

Additionally, imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans can also determine the exact location of your fracture and the severity of your injury.

​​Is general orthopaedic fractures affecting your quality of life, and your ability to perform everyday activities such as working, playing sports and wearing your clothes?
Dr. Tan will assess your symptoms in detail before recommending the right surgical option for your specific injury.

How Are Orthopaedic Fractures Treated?

Common treatment methods include:

  • Ice compression
  • Immobilisation
  • Avoidance of load bearing
  • Taking pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Traction, which uses weights or pulleys to gently stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone to align the bone and promote healing

Surgery may be recommended if your symptoms worsen,non-surgical treatment options are ineffective in alleviating symptoms, malignment of the fracture is severe or if the fracture involves a bone that forms part of a joint.

Surgery to treat fractures typically involves repairing the fracture and any damaged ligaments, tendons or muscles by using special hardware such as plates, screws or pins to place the bones back into the correct position and hold them in place while the bone heals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are orthopaedic fractures serious? When should I visit a doctor?
How to prevent orthopaedic fractures?

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