Broken bone injuries are common injuries from motorcycle accidents in the Philadelphia area. The initial treatment of broken bones is important for the healing process. The orthopedic term for a broken bone is a fracture. Listed below are some of the many types of fractures:
- A complete fracture is when the bone has broken into two pieces, this is commonly referred to as a “clean break”.
- A greenstick fracture is when the bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through.
- A single fracture is when the bone is broken in one place.
- A comminuted fracture is when the bone is broken into more than two pieces or crushed.
- A bowing fracture, which only happens in kids, is when the bone bends but doesn’t break.
- An open fracture or compound is when the bone is sticking through the skin.
You can break a leg if you slip and fall down a flight of steps, slip on black ice or even if you are in a car accident or motorcycle accident. Even though bones are flexible if there is enough stress put on the bone it will fracture or break. Breaking a bone is a big shock to your whole body. Symptoms can include feeling dizzy, woozy, or chilly from the shock. Some people pass out until their bodies have time to adjust to all the signals they’re getting.
If you think you or someone else has broken a bone, the most important things to do are to:
- stay calm
- make sure the person who is hurt is as comfortable as possible
- call 911 or the emergency number in your area
The worst thing for a broken bone injury is to move it. You can hurt the person or make the injury worse. In the case of a broken leg, it is advised that you cushion or support the surrounding area. Doing this will immobilize the leg and prevent further injury or trauma. Applying an ice pack to the injured area can help to prevent or reduce swelling until medical attention is provided.
To treat the broken bone, the doctor needs to know which kind of fracture it is. The doctor will order x-rays to be taken to identify the type of fracture and if they will be able to set the bones back into their normal position. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of the injury is beneficial to the healing of the broken bone. Infection, nerve damage or permanent disfigurement could occur if a fracture or broken bone is not tended to in a prompt manner.
With breaks in larger bones or when a bone breaks in more than two pieces, the doctor may need to put in a metal pin – or pins – to help set it. When your bone has healed, the doctor will remove the pin or pins.
After your bone has been set, the next step is usually putting on a cast. In order for the break to mend properly, the cast will need to remain on the leg for 1 to 2 months depending on the type and seriousness of the bone fracture injury. For more serious breaks surgery may be required. Implants may be inserted to straighten and support the injured area to help it heal properly.
Accidents happen, but you often can prevent injuries by wearing safety helmets, pads, and the right protective gear for your activity or sport. If you have suffered a broken bone injury from an accident in Bucks County, Philadelphia, or Mercer County, NJ, download a FREE copy of our Accident Guidebook to learn about the process before your hire an injury attorney.