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Fracture: Symptoms,Treatment, Procedure, Recovery and Side Effects

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What is a fracture?

A fracture is a broken bone and requires immediate medical attention. First of all, stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a sterile bandage or clean piece of cloth. Do not try to realign the displaced bone yourself. Leave it to the professionals. Apply ice packs to relieve the pain and reduce swelling.

What causes a fracture?

The cause of fracture can be injury, trauma or diseases that weaken the bones. If the pain in your affected area increases or goes through loss of functionality, it is a sign of fracture and must be thoroughly looked into. Some fractures can be treated by medications while others may need surgeries and therapies.

What is the treatment for a fracture?

The doctor will first make you go through a bone x ray to find out the exact position of the fracture and its severity. You may then, be prescribed with some over the counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. They help in reducing pain and inflammation. Immobilizing is really important to start the process of healing.

The treatment begins with setting a splint or cast to immobilize the affected area. If your bones are displaced, the doctor will need to manipulate and put the pieces back into their proper position before setting a splint or cast. You may need to use crutches or cane to keep weight off the affected area for a few weeks. In extreme cases, surgery may be needed to implant internal fixation devices like plates, rods or screw to help bones maintain a proper position while healing.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

If you have had a bone injury and are experiencing increased pain and swelling in the affected area, you must immediately seek medical help.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Some pains can be treated by consuming over the counter medications and applying anti inflammatory ointments or gels. Not every pain is fracture pain. Consult a doctor and get x ray before getting a splint or cast.

Are there any side effects?

Keeping the affected area in a splint or cast for a few weeks may cause stiffness in muscles. This can be managed by regular exercises. It may even cause difference in the colour of your skin temporarily.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Go for physio therapy sessions after the cast or splint is removed. These sessions help you in regaining the mobility of your affected areas. Practice the exercises suggested by the therapist on your own as well.

How long does it take to recover?

The cast or splint is removed after 3-7 weeks, depending on the severity of your condition. It may take two to three weeks to regain the mobility after it is removed.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with a doctor may cost you between ₹500 - ₹900. The price of x ray is around ₹700 - ₹1500, depending on the area affected. The cost of treatment may come up to ₹3000 - ₹4000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent. In some cases, the condition may recur if you face injury in the same area again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no alternatives to mend the bones but you can relieve the pain by some home remedies. Take proper rest. Do not exert pressure on the affected areas. Put ice packs 3-4 times in a day to reduce inflammation. Take care of your diet. Follow a nutritious and healthy diet so that your body is able to help the bones regain their strength.

Popular Questions & Answers

My 5 year old daughter had a hairline fracture on her elbow. She was put on a cast for 3 weeks. Cast was removed about 6 days back but is not able to straighten her elbow and it seems to be locked. Should we go back to Orthopedist?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
If, there is pain on touch, then plaster cast should be applied again for 2-3 wks. Gentle physiotherapy will help to regain mobility. Kindly do no massage.
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My mother has fallen 3 days back. The doctor said that it is mild superior compression D12. How can it be healed. Kindly help me with your valuable advice. I am very much tensed.

Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Complete bed rest, analgesics and wearing proper support would help and it will take 3 to 4 months for complete healing.
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