The pain of a broken bone usually sends the victim straight to the emergency room, whether or not there is certainty that a bone is actually broken. A careful examination including an x-ray, by an emergency room doctor such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab can usually determine with a great deal of certainty whether a bone was indeed broken.
A bone will break if there is more pressure placed on the bone than what the bone can handle. The bone can either split or break, and in either case this break, no matter how large, is called a fracture. If the broken edge of the bone breaks through the skin, then the fracture is called either an open fracture or a compound fracture.
A stress fracture is caused by repetitive or prolonged forces acting against the bone, resulting in a hairline fracture within the bone.
It is easy to mistake a dislocated bone from a broken bone, but since both situations require immediate attention as emergencies, and the immediate treatment for both is the same, there is no reason do differentiate them before you get to the emergency room.
Some causes of a broken bone:
• Direct blow to the bone
• Repetitive actions like running can cause a stress fracture to develop in the foot, ankle, tibia and even the hip
Symptoms of a broken bone:
• Conspicuous looking out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
• Swelling, bleeding, bruising
• Significant and intense painful sensations
• Numbness, tingling
• Skin is broken and bone is sticking out
• Limb cannot be moved, or its mobility is limited