We’re here when you need us most
When you’ve been to the emergency room for an injury or a broken bone, you need prompt orthopedic care to begin your healing. “That’s why one of the main focuses of our practice is an Open Cast Room, where we provide trauma and fracture care on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday,” says Daniel Zanotti, MD.
“All five of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are extensively trained to care for broken bones and acute injuries,” says Dr. Zanotti. “Even though each of us has sub-specialty areas of practice, we all continue to do trauma and fracture care because it’s such a frequent need in the community. We offer you state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques and the latest treatment methods to speed up your healing.”
What are the symptoms of a fracture?
- Pain and difficulty with motion
What are the basic types of fractures?
- A compound or open fracture is one where the bone protrudes through the skin.
- A simple fracture does not break through the skin.
“If you have a fracture, or suspect that you do, you should be treated immediately in the emergency room,” Dr. Zanotti advises. “Then we can treat you the very next day in our Open Cast Room.”
Use our online Fast Track to book a next-day Open Cast Room appointment
“Until recently, we have seen Open Cast Room patients on a first-come, first-served basis—but this often resulted in long waits,” Dr. Zanotti explains. “That’s why we’re now offering an online Fast Track.
“For your convenience, we’ve recently expanded our Open Cast Room to include all three of our clinic locations: Sheffield Village, Westlake and Oberlin. “You can use our online Fast Track to book a next-day Open Cast Room appointment and to fill out and submit your medical forms online—minimizing your wait time in the clinic. The Open Cast Room online Fast Track is available in both English and in Spanish (Sheffield Village, Oberlin, Westlake).
Booking an appointment online minimizes your wait time
“We wish we could promise that you won’t have to wait at all if you book an appointment online through our Fast Track,” says Dr. Zanotti. “Please understand that we will continue to see walk-in patients in the Open Cast Room—but we can promise we will give you preference if you have scheduled an appointment online.”
The faster you’re treated, the sooner you’ll heal
“Having an injury or broken bone can be a debilitating problem,” says Dr. Zanotti. “Treating you as soon as possible in the Open Cast Room helps shorten your healing process for two key reasons:
- Orthopedic care soon after your injury lets you make an informed decision on your treatment plan and get started right away.
- Early treatment also minimizes your injury’s interference with your work and everyday life.”
When should you visit the Open Cast Room?
“Sometimes, even in the emergency room, it’s difficult to tell if a bone is fractured,” says Dr. Zanotti. “The best way to tell if you have a true fracture is to visit an orthopedist. That’s what we’re trained to diagnose and treat.”
Does the Open Cast Room take the place of the ER?
“No. We still encourage you to go to the emergency room for acute injuries,” Dr. Zanotti explains. “If you have an injury and think you might have a fracture, we recommend that you go to the emergency room immediately to be evaluated and to make sure it’s not anything more serious.”
How are fractures treated?
Fractures can be treated in many different ways:
- “Buddy taping” (for some small fractures of the hand, for example, the broken finger is taped to the finger next to it)
“We’re trained to deal with more extensive fractures as well—things that require surgery, different methods of fixation such as plates and screws or rods,” Dr. Zanotti explains. “There are hundreds of bones in the body and literally hundreds of different kinds of fractures. We determine a state-of-the-art treatment plan based on the bones affected and the type of fracture you have.”
Is physical therapy needed after a fracture?
“Fracture care may start in the operating room or with a cast, but it often ends with extensive rehab to restore normal strength and movement,” Dr. Zanotti explains. “Our physical therapy team is right here on site to work with you throughout your healing process.”
Been to the ER for an injury or broken bone?
Visit the Fast Track to book a next-day Open Cast Room appointment.
Questions about fracture care? Call 440.329.2800.