The dictionary definition of fracture is the breaking or cracking of an object.
It is a common misunderstanding that a fracture is less serious, or less painful than a broken bone. NOT true! They are one and the same. Instead, fractures are graded to classify the severity.
Hairline fractures are those that are small in size without separation of the fragments. A compression fracture is most likely caused by an impact. The fracture has no distinct line but instead creates a shattering effect. A compound fracture is not for the faint hearted. The bone fractures into pieces and pierces the skin surface. The risk of infection is extremely high, it is a very serious injury.
IF you suspect a fracture decide if you need immediate medical care. Can you weight bear? Is there bleeding? Is there unmanageable pain associated? If so, proceed directly to the emergency room or call an Ambulance as you require. If you are able to mobilise give us a call, we can arrange an x-ray as necessary. Treating fractures depends obviously on the severity but generally requires a period of immobilisation.
We can provide you with a walking boot, crutches or waterproof fibreglass cast to support and protect your fracture so you can (get back to) #loveyourlife.