Once a diagnosis of a fracture is made, the treatment will vary. Many times splinting the affected area for several weeks will allow the fracture to heal. A displaced fracture, when the involved bones are out of alignment or a fracture involving a joint will need an operation to restore the proper position of the bones and joint. This may be done with pins, screws or plates with screws. The earlier the diagnosis is made the quicker you will be on the road to recovery.