Bone Fractures

Bone Fractures

What is a bone fracture?

A bone fracture or a broken bone occurs when more pressure is put on a bone than it can physically bear, causing the bone to break or split. The following are some common types of bone fractures you may endure in a car or motorcycle accident.

Clavicle fracture

The clavicle is more commonly referred to as the collarbone. A clavicle fracture occurs when there is a break in this bone. Symptoms of a clavicle fracture include:

  • Pain in the clavicle area
  • Sharp pain when moving, or pain so intense it causes immobility
  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness
  • Visible deformity of the collarbone

Broken arm

You may often know immediately that your arm is broken, as the injury is often accompanied by a loud snap or cracking noise. Other symptoms include:

  • Visible deformity of the arm
  • Stiffness and inability to turn or move the arm
  • Swelling, tenderness, and severe pain
  • Bruising

Broken leg

A break in your thigh bone (femur) is often obvious, as this is the strongest bone in your body. However, fractures in the bones of your lower leg may be more difficult to self-diagnose. Symptoms include:

  • Visible deformity of the leg
  • Severe pain, especially with movement
  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness
  • Difficulty or inability to walk

How is a broken bone diagnosed?

To diagnose a break or fracture, your doctor will first ask you questions about your accident and how your collarbone was injured. Next, he will examine the area, where there will generally be obvious signs of a fracture (a bump, pain when pressure is applied, etc). Finally, your doctor will send you for an x-ray of your shoulder area to pinpoint the exact location of the fracture. This is to ensure that you have not suffered any other serious damage in the area, and also to determine the extent and severity of your injury.

How do you treat a broken bone?

Treatment for a fractured bone varies depending on the type and severity of the bone fracture. Sall Myers offers a variety of treatments for car accident fracture victims.

What is the recovery time for a fractured bone?

Your recovery time depends on a number of factors, including your age, the severity of your fracture, and your health. On average, you can return to regular activities within three months of your injury, with full strength returning to the area within 9-12 months. Children and teenagers tend to heal from these injuries slightly faster.

If you’ve been in a car or motorcycle accident in New Jersey and need treatment for a bone fracture, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our quick contact form for a FREE consultation.