How a broken bone is treated depends on the extent of the injury and your doctor will determine the best treatment to ensure that your bone heals well and you are able to return to normal activities. Other treatment options for broken bones may include cast immobilization
, where the broken bone is put back into place and then kept in position with a cast, a functional cast or brace
that allows for limited movement of nearby joints, traction
, where the bone is aligned using a gentle, steady pulling action, and an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF)
, where the skin is opened above the fracture and hardware is attached directly to the bone.