Broken Bones and Beyond: What to Do When You Suspect a Fracture

Broken Bones and Beyond: What to Do When You Suspect a Fracture

A broken bone can be extremely painful, but these injuries are also fairly common and easy to diagnose. Sometimes, however, it’s possible to have broken bone symptoms without actually having broken bone. If you’re experiencing severe pain in any area of your body, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid further damage or other complications that could arise if you wait too long. Here are several signs that could indicate you have broken bones and beyond.

Cracked Ribs
If you suspect that you have cracked ribs, it is important to see a doctor right away. If the crack is very small, the doctor might not be able to see it with an x-ray. The doctor will do some physical examinations like breathing deeply or coughing, then they will do a chest x-ray.

Common fractures (wrist, ankle)
A fracture is any break in the bone. Some common fractures are wrist, ankle, rib, skull, or pelvis. These can be caused by falls, car accidents, sports injuries or other traumatic events.
If you suspect someone has a broken bone in their ribs or pelvis for example, these areas will be tender when touched. Broken bones in the face and skull may cause bruising around the eyes or swelling over the forehead because of trauma from an object hitting them like a baseball bat for example.

Treatments for fractures
There are three general treatments for fractures, which depend on the severity of the injury.
-If the break is minor and there is no visible displacement of bone fragments, then it will be immobilized with a splint or cast. This will often involve restricting movement in order to allow the bone to heal.
-If the break is severe or if the bone protrudes through the skin, then it will be immobilized with a splint or cast.