Fractures and Sprains

Fractures and Sprains

Fractures and Sprains

Women with a sprained wristInjuries like fractures and sprains can occur due to falls, accidents, blows, or other types of trauma. In many cases, it’s difficult to differentiate between the two without performing x-rays. These types of injuries may require medical attention, so it’s important to know the signs of these injuries and when it’s time to see emergency medical care.

What is a Fracture?

A fracture refers to a crack or break in a bone that occurs due to a blow, fall, or accident. While multiple types of fractures exist, the main types of fractures include non-displaced, displaced, closed, and open fractures. Non-displaced fractures don’t move and the bone stays in proper alignment. Displaced fractures occur when the bone snaps and moves so the ends aren’t properly lined up. Open fractures are fractures in which bone breaks the skin, while closed fractures involve no open or puncture wound to the skin.

The severity of fractures depends on their location as well as the damage done to nearby tissue and bone. If left untreated, serious fractures may result in dangerous complications without treatment, such as infection of the surrounding tissue and bone, damage to nerves, or damage to blood vessels.

Symptoms of Fractures

Since fractures require emergency medical treatment, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of a fracture, which may include

  • Deformity of a leg or arm
  • Loss of function to the area that has been injured
  • Bruising or swelling over the bone
  • Bone protruding through the skin (open fractures)
  • Pain in an injured area that becomes worse when applying pressure or moving the area

What is a Sprain?

Sprains and strains refer to torn or stretched blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons around joints that may occur due to a blow, fall, or other accident. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a fracture, so it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional to find out if you have a sprain or something more serious.

Symptoms of Sprains

Some of the symptoms of a sprain include the following:

  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Pain
  • Discoloration around the joint
  • Localized swelling
  • Bruising that extends around the joint and beyond

Medical Care at Pinnacle ER

It’s difficult to figure out if you’re dealing with a sprain or a fracture, so if you have any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical attention right away. If you suspect a back, neck, or head injury, or you cannot transport the individual on your own, be sure to call 911 for assistance. Pinnacle ER offers emergency medical treatment for fractures and sprains, offering onsite diagnostic tools and services like digital x-rays, sutures, staples, slings, crutches, ortho boots, and more. Visit immediately to have your condition evaluated and treated to prevent complications.


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