Immediate Response to a Head Injury

Signs a Bone May Be Broken

Emergency physician Dr. Zachary Lutsky treated acute medical traumas at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than 10 years. Over the decade, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has delivered immediate treatment to people with injuries relating to blunt force accidents, such as concussions and broken bones.

While rarely life-threatening, all broken bones require medical care. Identifying a fractured or broken bone after acute trauma can be difficult. People who have just experienced a fall or accident should go to the emergency room if they notice any of the symptoms below that may indicate a broken bone:

Crepitus: Small bone fragments can make a crackling sound when rubbed together. This sound can indicate that a fracture has occurred.

Bruising: Broken bones can cause capillaries to burst and cause a deep purple or red bruise to emerge. Bone fractures may also injure the surrounding tissue, which can also result in a bruise.

Shock: A severe bone fracture can make blood flow drop precipitously and place the injured person in danger. Common symptoms of shock include pale or cold skin, fainting, and shallow breathing.

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