A bone fracture can be the result of many types of accidents, such as a slip-and-fall or a motor vehicle crash.
If you have any reason to believe you are suffering from this type of injury, it’s important to receive immediate medical attention. From there, your doctor can examine the bone and take an X-ray to get a clear idea of what is going on.
There are many types of treatment for a bone fracture. Here are some things to think about:
- While not always the case, a fracture often requires surgery (sooner rather than later). This is typically the case if a large bone, such as one in the leg or arm, has been injured.
- Setting of the bone. In the event that surgery is not necessary, the bone may need to be set to ensure proper healing. Once this process is complete, an immobilization technique, such as casting, will aid the healing process.
- Medication can treat pain or discomfort, which is common immediately following the accident and/or surgery.
- After removal of the cast, it’s not uncommon to be stiff or sore for a few days or weeks. This is due to the fact that this part of the body was dormant for a long period of time.
To ensure a fast and full recovery, you may need to take part in regular physical therapy sessions for several weeks or months. This will go a long way in helping you regain full control of your body part, while also improving strength.
Since no two people and injuries are identical, it’s hard to say what type of treatment is best for a bone fracture. However, the good thing is this: There are many treatment strategies that your medical team can consider.
Depending on the cause of your injury, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. For example, if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a parking lot, the property owner may be responsible.
By investigating the accident, with an eye toward the cause, you can better understand which steps to take next. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you’ll know exactly what you should and should not be doing during this difficult time.