A fracture is a crack or a complete break in a bone caused by some form of trauma to the area. Fractures are either open or closed; with an open fracture, the bone has a complete break and has punctured the skin, while in a closed fracture, the skin is not broken. In a compound fracture there is more than one break. It is important to get immediate medical attention for any type of fracture, especially in the case of open fractures and fractures involving the femur or pelvis.
- Try not to move the affected limb, but place some sort of padding around the broken bone(s)
- Splint the injury, making sure it extends beyond any joints above and below the fracture and secure near both ends of the fracture and at the ends
- In the case of an open fracture, cover it with sterile gauze or cloth and apply pressure to control any bleeding. Do not clean the wound and do not attempt to push the bone back into the wound
See a doctor or go to an emergency clinic if:
- You suspect a fracture
- The limb below the injury feels numb or tingling, is blueish or pale looking, or feels cold to the touch
- You cannot straighten the affected joint or bear weight on it
- There is broken skin over the injury site
- Signs of infection develop
- The pain is severe or lasts longer than 24 hours
- The swelling doesn't start to go down within 48 hours
- A sprain or strain doesn't improve after five to seven days
- The ligaments of the knee are injured
Medfast Urgent Care Centers offer fast, professional medical treatment for fractures. Our average wait time to see patients is less than an hour, compared to Hospital Emergency Rooms, which can sometimes take longer than three to four hours and are much more expensive. We are professionally staffed with highly-skilled, licensed doctors and nurses, and fully equipped to handle testing and treatment for fractures.