These fractures occur around or immediately adjacent a joint, the points in the body where bones meet and are held together with ligaments and tendons. Joints are responsible for enabling movement of our limbs, therefore fractures to the bones at either end of a joint can cause severe pain when moving or even inhibit motion. Treatment for these fractures is more complex than treatment for a long bone fracture, because there are more structures and tissues in the joint that can be damaged as a result of the fracture.
- Pain in the joint
- Inflammation of the surrounding tissues
- Difficulty moving
- Instability of the joint
- External fixators
- Surgery with plates or screws
- Surgery to repair other damaged joint tissue like ligaments, tendons, or cartilage