We understand that sometimes it's hard to tell if you have a broken bone or a sprain. If you think you might have a broken bone, promptly seek medical treatment. Bones will begin to immediately heal themselves once injured or fractured.

At MedExpress, we're open every day with a full medical team and digital X-rays on site, so your broken bone can be treated right away.

What Is a Broken Bone?

A broken bone or fracture (small break or crack) can happen any time direct, excessive force is applied to the bone. Depending on the level of force, the bone may break, shatter, or crack. 

While broken collarbones, broken arms, broken wrists, and broken ankles are the most common, a broken bone can occur at any location where too much force is applied.

Different types of injuries exert force on the bone in different ways, which can result in different types of breaks. While there are numerous types of broken bones, below are some of the most common:

  • Simple fracture: The bone breaks into two pieces.
  • Stress fracture: Repetitive motion causes a small crack in the bone.
  • Closed fracture: The skin remains intact despite a broken bone.
  • Open or compound fracture: A piece of bone protrudes through the skin.
  • Greenstick: The bone bends and breaks only on one side. This break is common in children.

Different types of injuries exert force on the bone in different ways, which can result in different types of breaks.

 

Treatment of Broken Bones

Your MedExpress medical team will examine the break and order X-rays to determine the extent, type, and exact location of the break as well as the best treatment option and follow-up care. A fiberglass splint may be used to help immobilize the break and ensure proper healing.

To ease discomfort, you can take pain relievers. Depending on the severity of the break, you may use over the counter pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen) or may be prescribed a stronger medication.