A fracture is not like your average sprain. Suppose you’ve suffered an injury while playing sports or in an accident. If you have extreme pain and a can’t move the body part with the injury, there’s a chance that you have fractured a bone in your body. If so, you’ll need medical attention right away.
Not sure if you’ve sprained or fractured your bone? Nova Health has the answers to help you determine whether you need urgent medical attention.
What Is a Fracture vs. a Sprain?
A sprain is an overly used or torn ligament in the body. A fracture is a cracked or broken bone. Many people confuse the two injuries because the pain comes from a similar area. The key to identifying the injury is knowing where the pain is. A sprain will create pain in the tissue around the bone. If you are feeling pain from the bone, you may have a fracture.
Fractures range from split-in-two bone injuries to small cracks in the bone. You can fracture a bone during a sports practice or game, a car accident or a fall. Reduced bone density and diseases like osteoporosis can increase the likelihood of a fracture occurring.
How Do You Know When You Have a Fracture?
All the bones in your body are vulnerable to fractures. If you have severe pain coming from playing a sport or an accident, check for the following symptoms:
- Bruising and swelling around the bone
- Deformity where the pain is
- Inability to put weight on the injured area
- Lack of voluntary movement
If these symptoms align with your current injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can. Depending on the fracture, you may need a CT scan, a bone scan or surgery.
How Do You Heal a Fractured Bone?
There are several methods by which doctors can mend fractured bones. The severity of the fracture dictates the technique. If you have a minor fracture, such as a cracked foot bone or broken finger, a doctor will probably choose to use a cast or splint. These tools support the bone as it heals in the proper direction.
More severe injuries like a fractured skull or hip could require surgery, scans and physical therapy. Sometimes, doctors are required to reposition the bone in a procedure called reduction. Open reduction is the surgical realignment of a bone. This procedure is usually necessary when the bone has shifted and is protruding from the skin or into soft tissue. Closed reduction, the process of realigning the bone without surgery, is commonly done for children.
Seek Treatment at Nova Health
Nova Health offers urgent care and primary care services. Whether you schedule an appointment or walk in for a visit, trust that we will provide care with compassion. We offer real-time services, and our team of medical experts is more than understanding. We’ll ensure you receive the care and attention you need.