Treating a Broken Leg Following a Car Accident

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Broken legs are a common injury associated with car accidents. When suffering from a broken leg, you may have a fracture in one or more of the three leg bones: femur, tibia and fibula.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Leg?

With the femur being the longest and strongest bone in the body, a fracture of this bone is usually quite obvious. A fracture in the other two leg bones, however, may not be quite so obvious. Some of the symptoms associated with a fracture in any of these bones include:

  • Bruising
  • Deformed appearance in the leg
  • Difficulty walking
  • Severe pain, which may increase with movement
  • Shortened appearance in the leg
  • Swelling

If you notice any of these symptoms following a car accident, it is important to seek medical help right away.

What Types of Fractures Might Occur in the Leg Bones?

There are several different types of common fractures that may occur following an accident. These include:

  • Comminuted Fracture: The break is in three or more places
  • Oblique Fracture: The break is in an angled line
  • Open (Compound) Fracture: Bone fragments stick out of the skin or bone emerges through the wound.
  • Spiral Fracture: The break is in a line that encircles the bone
  • Stable Fracture: The damaged ends of the bone line up close to the position they are supposed to be and they don’t move with gentle movement.
  • Transverse Fracture: The break is a straight horizontal line

If you are involved in a car accident, Advanced Spine and Rehab can help you recover from your injuries. Contact us today to learn more!

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