Broken bones can happen anytime and anywhere. In some cases the accident could happen while doing dangerous, high adventure activities, and other times it might have happen during a simple trip or accident. Whatever the cause of the injury, it may be hard to know if the bone is actually broken. Here are a couple things that you need to know about broken bones.
How Do I Know It Is Broken?
It can be hard to know if the bone is actually broken or if it is just a simple sprain. There are a couple things to look for with a broken bone. First of all, think back to the actual injury. Did you hear any kind of grinding or snap? If so, you might have a broken bone.
The area that was injured will also have a lot of swelling and bruising around the area. It could immediately swell, or it might be delayed. It will also be very painful, so painful that you probably can't use the injured part of your body. For instance, if it is an arm the arm won't be able to bear any weight and it will hurt to move it.
Lastly, you can be pretty sure that the bone is broken if you can see a visible inconsistency with the bone. If the bone is deformed or is poking through the skin, you need to get medical attention right away.
If you are in doubt about the bone, you can always go to a walk in clinic and they can take a look. It is better to be safe than sorry.
What Do You Do For A Broken Bone?
First you should try to get medical attention right away. In some cases, this might not be easy. You might be far away from a walk in clinic, or away from your home. In this case, you need to try and keep the arm still and steady. If you keep moving it, it could create more damage and problems. This is why you can try to make a makeshift sling or cast to hold the bone in place until you can have a doctor set it.
You should also apply ice to the area to prevent it from swelling too much. Painkillers are usually fine to take, but if you are on your way to the doctor you might want to wait, since they might need to give you something and you don't want the medications to react.
By understanding how to spot and care for a broken bone you can protect yourself.
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