If you think you or your child has broken a bone, seek prompt medical attention. It’s important to treat a fracture as soon as possible to ensure proper healing.
First, you’ll discuss any symptoms you’re having and explain how you injured yourself while the provider examines your injury. Then, your provider is likely to order X-rays to determine the severity of the fracture and pinpoint the location of the break. Occasionally, your doctor may also recommend another scan, such as an MRI, to obtain more detailed images.
Treatment depends on the site and severity of your injury. A simple break may be treated with a sling, ice and rest. However, the bone may require realignment (reduction) in the emergency room. A more complicated break might require surgery to realign the broken bone and to implant wires, plates, nails or screws to maintain proper alignment during healing.