Fracture (except spine or wrist and hand)
A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Symptoms of a fracture are:
- Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
- Swelling, bruising or bleeding
- Intense pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.