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  Katherine Johnston   September 14, 2015   Wellness, Broken Bones, Injury 2 Comments

Broken bones: Common signs and treatment options

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1718860_sFrom falling off the monkey bars to falling down the stairs, broken bones are one of the most common injuries for both children and adults. As such, it is important to recognize the signs of a broken bone and follow the proper course of action when an injury occurs.

Signs of a broken bone

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Deformity

Characteristics of a broken bone

A fracture is a kind of break in the bone, though it does not impact the ultimate unity of the bone and is more like a crack, as opposed to a completely broken bone which leaves your bone in two distinct pieces. When the ligaments that hold bones together are overstretched or torn, the result is a sprain, and when the muscles are torn or overstretched, that’s a strain.

It may be difficult to discern whether a bone is actually broken. To make the determination, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you hear or feel a snap or grinding when the injury occurred?

  • Are you experiencing swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injured area?

  • Do you feel pain when you put weight on the injury or touch, press or move it?

  • Does the injured area look strange? For example, does the limb bend at an odd angle or is the bone poking through the skin?

  • Do you feel faint, dizzy or sick?

Answering yes to those questions may indicate a broken bone and warrants immediate medical attention. It is important not to eat after breaking a bone in case the doctor needs to administer a general anesthetic during the course of repairing the damage.

Treatment options

With a broken bone or similar injury, visiting an urgent care center is often a patient’s best option. Receiving treatment from an emergency room costs valuable time and money that urgent care centers do not require.

After such an injury, it’s important to ensure that your bone is properly aligned and held in place so that it heals in the correct position. Without proper treatment, you may develop a serious infection, permanent deformity or long-term joint problems.

The next time you’re injured, let Velocity Care’s board-certified emergency medicine physicians provide exceptional, compassionate and efficient health care with little or no wait. Visit one of our clinics today for treatment options.

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