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Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

Although some patients may be at a higher risk than others, anyone can sustain a bone fracture. Fractures can cause severe pain and swelling and drastically limit your mobility. At the Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara, William R. Gallivan, MD, and his team provide high-quality, effective fracture care. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a fracture, book an appointment at the Santa Barbara, California, office by phone or online today.


What is a fracture?

A fracture is a broken bone. A bone may be partially fractured or completely fractured. A fracture usually occurs due to a trauma, such as a fall, sports injury or motor vehicle crash. 

As we age, our bones may become brittle, which is an increased risk of fracture. Extremely active children also have a higher risk for fractures. Overuse may also lead to fractures, which most often occurs in athletes.  

Symptoms for a fracture will vary depending on the location of the fracture and the severity of the fracture. Symptoms of a fracture may include the following: 

  • Swelling, tenderness and/or pain around the injury
  • Bruising
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Inability to move the injured area

If you notice a visible deformity, it is important to immediately seek medical intervention.

How are fractures treated?

A physical examination will be performed by Dr. Gallivan to evaluate the injured area for tenderness, bruising, swelling and deformities. X-ray images will be taken and reviewed by Dr. Gallivan to determine the type of fracture the patient has.  

Depending on the fracture type and severity, there are nonoperative treatment options and operative treatment options.  

Nonoperative treatment options include the following: 

  • Fracture reduction 
  • This may include a closed reduction under anesthesia
  • Immobilization/Bracing 

The purpose of these treatment options is to reposition the bone, immobilize the affected area to promote proper healing conditions, and allow the body to heal itself.

Operative treatment options include the following: 

  • Internal Fixation
  • External Fixation

Please call Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara to book an appointment with board-certified orthopedic surgeon, William Gallivan, MD.