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Broken Bones FAQs

    If the bone has broken through the skin should I try to move it back into the correct position?

  • No, you should not try to manipulate or straighten the limb. Instead drape gauze over the injury, apply pressure to control the bleeding, and get emergency assistance immediately.

How can I tell if a bone is broken if there are no obvious signs?

  • A bone may be broken even if there are no obvious bumps of bends. Symptoms usually include pain, redness, swelling, and refusal to move the affected area. While waiting to see a doctor, put a wrapped ice pack or ice in a towel on the affected are for a few minutes at a time and use a pain reliever as directed. Obvious fractures with a deformity should proceed immediately to the emergency room