Fractures and broken bones always require immediate medical attention. Our Urgent Care can provide treatment needed for a fracture, but the treatment will vary based on the location and seriousness of it. Some bone injuries may only need a cast, while others may require surgery.
Where should I go if I think I broke a bone?
If you think you or a loved one has a break, sprain or strain, your best step is to get to the doctor, ER or urgent care (depending on time of day and urgency). An x-ray can confirm or rule out a broken bone, and the physician can quickly diagnose your injury and provide the treatment for your road to recovery.
Can you get a cast in the emergency room?
Urgent care facilities can provide care when the fracture is not severe and is not in a compromising location. They have access to imaging tests and physicians who can serve patients for fractures that require casts or splints.
Do emergency rooms cast broken bones?
Because emergency rooms are better equipped to diagnose (through medical imaging technologies like x-rays and CT scans) and treat broken bones (with pain medication as well as setting and surgical procedures), going to an ER directly is the safer decision.
How long can you wait to cast a broken bone?
Restricting movement of a broken bone, which requires a splint, sling, brace or cast, is critical to healing. Before applying a cast, your doctor will likely wait until the swelling goes down, usually five to seven days after injury.
What happens if a broken bone is not treated?
The broken bone must be properly aligned and held in place, often with a plaster cast, so it heals in the correct position. If you do not receive the correct treatment, you could develop a serious infection or a permanent deformity. You may also have long-term problems with your joints.
How do I know if I broke bones in my foot?
If you have a broken foot, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Immediate, throbbing pain.
- Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest.
- Difficulty in walking or bearing weight.
How long does an untreated fracture take to heal?
Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks, but this varies tremendously from bone to bone and in each person based on many of the factors discussed above. Hand and wrist fractures often heal in 4-6 weeks whereas a tibia fracture may take 20 weeks or more.
What happens if you break a bone and don’t go to the doctor?
When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.
Can fractures heal without cast?
Technically speaking, the answer to the question “can broken bones heal without a cast?” is yes. Assuming conditions are just right, a broken bone can heal without a cast. However, (and very importantly) it doesn’t work in all cases. Likewise, a broken bone left to heal without a cast may heal improperly.
Should I go to hospital for a broken foot?
It is important to see a doctor any time you think you may have broken a bone in your foot. For less severe injuries, your doctor may want to see you in the office or may choose to have you go to the emergency department.
Should I go to the hospital for a hairline fracture?
If you believe you have a hairline fracture, it’s important to seek treatment from your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and general health. They’ll also ask questions about your diet, medications, and other risk factors.
Do you have to wear a sling with a cast?
Your doctor may have put your arm in a cast or splint to allow your elbow to heal or to keep it stable until you see another doctor. You also may wear a sling to help support your arm. It may take weeks or months for your elbow to heal. You can help it heal with some care at home.
Can a fracture heal in 2 weeks?
In general, small broken bones with simple fractures take about four weeks to heal in small children. In teenagers and adults, small bones, such as a finger or wrist bone, will take about six weeks to heal.
How long does getting a cast take?
On average, plaster will take about a day and a half before it’s hard enough to support your weight, but fiberglass will take about 20 to 30 minutes.