Fracture Clinic Appointments: What To Expect

Please remember to bring your health card and any completed forms to your appointment at the Fracture Clinic.

When you arrive at the Fracture Clinic, you will check-in and then sit in the waiting area. Fracture Clinic team members may order more tests and they will review options and let you know if you need surgery.

Most patients who are seen in the Fracture Clinic do not need to have surgery and may be treated with the use of casts or splints, and referrals to rehabilitative services such as physiotherapy.

If you need to have surgery, you may have surgery the same day or in a few days. Our team will keep you informed and provide updates to you during this time.

Preparing for your appointment at the Fracture Clinic:

After an injury, you will likely have questions and concerns about what to expect during your treatment and recovery. The surgeon you see in the Fracture Clinic will ask you what is important to you in managing your condition and help to address any questions you may have. Please bring a notebook or smart device such as your cell phone or tablet with you to write down any questions, concerns or follow up information.

You are welcome to bring one (1) essential partner-in-care (EPC) with you to your appointment. Please speak with the care team if you require language/interpretation services or if you have any questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will my pain be managed?
A: Your surgeon will work with you to make a plan to manage your pain. This may include non-medical treatment such as using elevation, ice, or a splint. In some cases, your surgeon may suggest over the counter pain medication. Some patients may require a prescription.
Q: Is it normal to have bruising, swelling and pain?
A: You can expect to have pain, bruising, and swelling at your injury site. This is normal and can be treated with elevation, ice, and using over-the-counter pain medication. You may need a stronger pain medication while you are waiting for your surgery and in these cases, you may receive a prescription for pain.
Q: When will I be able to resume normal activities?
A: This is different for each person based on their injury and recovery. You will have a follow up appointment with your surgeon after your surgery. During this appointment, your surgeon will speak with you about your recovery.
Q: Who do I speak to about getting a sick note or other medical forms filled out?

A: Let the surgeon know if you need a note for time off work or other reasons and they will be able to write you a note during your Fracture Clinic appointment.

If you need to have forms or specific paperwork filled out, the surgeon will not be able to fill out forms or paperwork in the Fracture Clinic. All forms will be completed in the surgeon’s office and their office staff will call you when the forms have been filled out.

There may be a fee to have the forms, paperwork or a note completed.

Q: How does the surgical team decide when surgeries will be scheduled?
A: The surgical team prioritizes each case based on the type of injury.
Q: Will the wait time affect my healing and recovery?
A: The surgical team will carefully monitor the time you wait to ensure your wait time does not negatively affect your healing and recovery.
Q: When should patients go back to the Emergency Department?

A: You must go back to the Emergency Department if:

  • The pain becomes unbearable for you;
  • You experience tingling or numbness;
  • Your fingers or toes turn blue or are cool to the touch; and/or
  • Your splint or cast is too tight or damaged.