Bone Fracture - Signs and Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of a bone fracture?

When bones break, they cause pain, swelling, and inflammation. The ability to move the joint above or below an injury does not guarantee that the bone is not broken. Instead, it means that the muscles and tendons that move the joint still work.

Unless there is a previous underlying condition that prevents the patient from feeling pain (such as a spinal cord injury or diabetic neuropathy) all broken bones hurt. The pain may or may not be felt at the site of the break but can be referred elsewhere. For example, hip injuries, especially in children, can have knee pain.

Other structures can be damaged when a bone breaks. Numbness and tingling can result if there is nerve inflammation or injury. A limb may be cool and without pulse if the artery at the fracture site is torn, kinked or clots off, preventing blood from circulating.

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Comment from: minimoo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a sharp pain in my wrist while trying to open a jar that wouldn"t budge. Now when I move my wrist from side to side I get the sharp pain again.

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