Bone fractures are a common occurrence, and occur at least once in a person’s lifetime. Severity of the damage increases with age because children’s bones are more flexible and less likely to break. Falls or other accidents that do not harm children can cause complete fractures in older adults. Older adults suffer from fractures more than children because their bones are more likely to be brittle. These instances occur when the bone is not capable of withstanding the physical force exerted on it.
Some Symptoms of a Fracture Include:
- Swelling around the affected area
- Loss of function in the affected area
- Bruising around the affected area
- Deformity of a limb
To heal properly, a realignment procedure must take place. The most common realignment procedures are immobilization using a cast or splint and surgical procedures. When surgery is needed, the procedure is called an open reduction. The doctor will give you local or general anesthesia (general anesthesia will put you to sleep). During the surgical procedure, the doctor may insert a rod, pin, plate, or screw into the injury to hold the bone in place. Advantages of surgery include early mobility of the injured area and some use of the injured area within weeks rather than months.
After the realignment process, medication and rehabilitation will help the recovery process, and medication is used to lessen the pain. Rehabilitation prevents stiffness and involves light movement of the tissues surrounding the affected area. It helps increase blood flow, which will aid in the healing process.
Surgery & Side Effects
If the fracture is closed repaired, the bone may not heal properly or it may not function properly. If the fracture is open repaired then infection, bleeding, damage to blood vessels or nerves, and allergic reactions to the anesthesia may occur.
The seriousness of the injury depends on the age of the individual and location of the incident. Some only require temporary protection such as crutches or a splint. Other, more serious injuries may require surgery.
Your Bone Injury Case
It is important to know what to do to protect the legal rights of yourself and your loved ones. Selecting the right attorney is an important decision. Sacramento personal injury lawyer Frank D. Penney has successfully handled thousands of injury cases. Contact Frank Penney for a free bone injury case consultation.