Is it Broken - How to Tell If Your Injury is a Broken Bone or NotWith over 200 bones in the human body, it’s nearly impossible to make it through your entire life without breaking at least one of them. From a simple slip and fall to the most horrible of car accidents, our bones are vulnerable to breakage. If you haven’t sustained many injuries in your lifetime, it can be difficult to tell when you have broken a bone.

Yes, many injuries show obvious signs of a broken bone, but other times you might spend days in agony before you go to the doctor to see if it is broken or not. There are a few signs that will tell you if your bone is broken or not, so you can decide whether or not it is necessary to make a trip to the doctor. To get a better idea of how to tell when you have a broken bone, read on about some of the most commonly broken bones.

Ankle

It is frighteningly easy to break your ankle, however, it can be tough to tell between a break, strain, or the tearing of a ligament since all of these injuries are extremely painful. You may be doing something as simple as walking your dog when you feel your foot roll and that sudden sharp pain shoots through your ankle. Both a sprained and broken ankle may produce swelling and bruising, however, if it is a strain, the swelling will eventually go down with ice and rest. The best way to determine if it is broken is to judge where the pain is coming from. If the pain is over the ankle bone, it is probably broken. If you’re feeling pain is only on the soft tissues surrounding the ankle, it is probably just a sprain or tear. If you aren’t able to walk on it at all, that’s a pretty sure sign that it is broken and you need to see a doctor. A simple break may be treated with a cast while a more serious break may require surgical repair.

Hip

If you take a bad fall that results in severe pain and the inability to move, you may have very well just fractured your hip. If there is severe pain, swelling, and bruising around the hip bone, that is a good indication that it is broken. If you are unable to put weight on your hip to walk even after icing and resting the injury, you probably fractured or broke the hip. This is one of the worst injuries that occur in people over age 50, especially women, due to age-related calcium loss. This is a very dangerous injury that can leave you facing complications for a long time to come. Surgery is almost always required to fix the injury, and you may even need a partial or complete hip replacement. Many people require the use of a cane or walker for the rest of their life.

Wrist

It is completely natural to try to catch yourself when you fall, and you may save yourself from a bad fall at the expense of a broken bone in your wrist. Any action that forces your hand backwards can cause a wrist fracture. The symptoms of broken and strained wrists are very similar, so it can be tough to tell if it is a break or not. However, if you have severe swelling, can’t move your fingers or feel any numbness in your hand or fingers, there is a good chance it is broken. Be sure to see a doctor right away if you suspect a break as leaving it unattended can lead to chronic arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Collarbone

Car accidents are a leading cause of collarbone fractures in adults. This usually occurs from the sudden impact with either the steering wheel or the seat belt. It can also occur when a person tries to brace themselves by holding their hands out against the dashboard. You will immediately know if your collarbone is broken because your arm will become instantly useless. You can also usually see the break since the collarbone is generally a more prominent bone that isn’t as covered underneath fat or muscle. Obviously, you want to see a doctor right away if there is any question of a collarbone break. Depending upon the break, you may need only an arm sling or you may require surgery.

 

Accidents can happen to anyone regardless of how careful you are. The important thing is to try to take the best possible care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you even think you have broken any bone. Waiting to see if it will feel better on its own can lead to improper healing that can cause you no end of pain and trouble. Information for this article was provided by injury attorney professionals of ClahounInjuryAttorney.com. For more information and assistance with your legal needs contact Brunt & Hood LLC.

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