Fracture Care

Roderick Birnie, MD, examines a patient

Any type of fracture (broken bone) can be painful and requires prompt medical attention and care. The orthopaedic specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine care for all types of fractures -- from stable to severe -- in children and adults. We specialize in complicated fractures that require highly focused care, particularly those that involve the joints in the ankle, knee, hip and elbow.

We diagnose and treat both simple and complex fractures including:

  • Isolated breaks
  • Stress fractures
  • Multiple fractures
  • Fractures with joint involvement
  • Open fractures (bone is exposed outside of a wound)
  • Non-union fractures (fractures that do not heal)
  • Malunion fractures (fractures that heal incorrectly)

Fracture Services

Our orthopaedic team has extensive experience in non-surgical and surgical therapies for all types of fractures in any part of the body. Among the services and treatments we offer are:

  • Medication
  • Splint
  • Cast (or brace)
  • Traction
  • Internal fixation - implantation of plates, screws, pins and rods to set bones and facilitate healing
  • External fixation – pins, screws and rods placed outside the body to set bones and facilitate healing. External fixators are sometimes used prior to surgical treatment.
  • Surgery, including minimally invasive surgery performed through small incisions
  • Bone stimulator (non-surgical) and bone grafting (surgical) for non-union fractures
  • Evaluation of non-union fractures to identify why a bone did not heal correctly. For example factors such as diabetes, smoking or a thyroid condition may affect a bone’s ability to heal.

Fractures Team
Jovito Angeles, MD (pediatrics)
Robert Bielski, MD (pediatrics)
Roderick Birnie, MD
Douglas R. Dirschl, MD
Christopher Sullivan, MD, MPH (pediatrics)


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