Symptoms and What to Do When You Have a Fracture

Broken bones are a common injury among all age groups. While this type of injury is often pretty obvious, there are times you might not be sure if you broke something or not. Knowing the symptoms of a fracture helps you get treatment quicker, reducing your risks of complications down the road.

At University of Toledo Physicians, our staff helps to diagnose your injury. If you do have a broken bone, Dr. Nabil Ebraheim treats your injury quickly and efficiently. Whether you broke your leg, your hip, or your arm, Dr. Ebraheim has the perfect treatment to optimize your healing time and get you back to your life.

What’s a Fracture?

A fracture happens when a bone in your body sustains more force than it can handle, leading it to split or break. As you get older, your bones become weaker, which increases your risk of a break. Other causes of broken bones include:

A fracture can happen to virtually any bone in your body. Some bones are smaller and easier to break, while other bones are more dense and require a lot more force to fracture. 

And there are many different types of fractures. A fracture is classified by how your bone is broken and how the break occurred. For instance, if your bone protrudes through your skin, the fracture is known as a compound, or open, fracture. If your bone is broken, but still in the proper alignment, it’s known as a non-displaced fracture. 

Another type of fracture is a stress fracture, which happens from repetitive force on a bone. For instance, you could have a stress fracture in your foot from running a lot. 

Greenstick fractures are common injuries in children, because their bones are more flexible than an adult’s. With a greenstick fracture, the bone breaks, but not completely through. It actually bends from the force, but stays somewhat intact.

Signs of a Fracture

When you think of a fracture, you probably think of pain as one of the first symptoms you experience. For the most part, that’s true. However, with stress fractures that occur over time, you might not feel pain immediately. There are other symptoms that alert you to a broken bone, including:

You may also notice that the injured area has a deformed look, almost like it’s misshapen. With an open fracture, your bone breaks through the skin, leading to bleeding and intense pain.

Fracture Diagnosis

If you suspect that your injury has resulted in a broken bone, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Ebraheim does a physical exam of the injured area, and sends you for X-rays to get a definitive diagnosis of a fracture. 

In some cases, other imaging such as an MRI or CT scan might be needed to see the extent of the injury in a severe fracture. Once Dr. Ebraheim has examined your imaging results, he creates a custom treatment plan for your specific type of fracture.

Treatments You Can Expect

The treatment for your fracture greatly depends on the severity of the break, along with the area of your body that’s affected. If you’ve suffered a minor fracture, Dr. Ebraheim applies a cast or brace to keep the bone in place while it heals on its own.

While in the cast or brace, Dr. Ebraheim may prescribe medications to help you manage the pain in the beginning. He may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce the swelling.

When your broken bone is severe, you’ll need more aggressive treatment to make sure your bone heals in the proper alignment. Dr. Ebraheim offers surgical repair of more involved fractures. He may need to use plates and screws to keep the bone in place. 

No matter what treatment you need, your bone needs time to repair itself and heal. You can expect to be in a cast for several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the break.

If you think your injury may be a broken bone, get treatment right away. Call our office at 419-383-3761, or book a consultation online today. You can also get more information about fractures on our YouTube channel.

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