Here’s Why You Can’t Just Ignore Fractures

Small fractures in bones are very big problems. Even a little fracture can cause chronic pain and if left untreated, the fracture can grow bigger and cause even more pain over time. If you even suspect you have a fracture, you need to seek out a physician to find out if you need physical therapy or some other kind of treatment to help you manage your injury.

How Do You Know If You Have Fractures?

Fractures are impossible to self-diagnose. Not even a doctor can determine if you have a fracture by external examination alone. X-rays are necessary to conclusively determine whether or not you are suffering from any type of fracture. However, you can be aware of the symptoms and pay attention to the signs that your body gives you.

Chronic lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or some other type of pain may not just be due to tendinitis or sore muscles or a slight sprain. It’s very easy to write off the pain, even when it’s constant pain, as one of the normal aches of life. You may even think you’re suffering from arthritis or just the commons aches of growing older, or perhaps pushing yourself too hard physically, or maybe not getting enough rest. The world is a busy place, and the modern lifestyle doesn’t leave a lot of room to make visits to the doctor. But it’s very important to pay attention to pain in your body, even if you think the pain is manageable and you’re hoping it will go away on its own. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. That “something” could just be fractures.

If you’re experiencing ongoing pain, whether it’s chronic or intermittent, you need to see a physician so they can perform a thorough examination that includes X-rays and other diagnostic tools. Because that pain could be caused by fractures, and those fractures just may be a sign of a potentially serious medical problem looming in your future.

Why You Need to Pay Attention to Fractures

You don’t have to injure yourself or experience some type of trauma to the body to suffer from fractures. Though injuries can cause fractures to occur, this isn’t the only reason your bones may start to crack. Fractures can also be the result of osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, two conditions that cause bones and cartilage to break down and wear away. Fractures in bone can also be the result of repeated stress in a single part of the body. You may see stress fractures around the feet and hands, for example, in someone who has a very physical job or lifestyle.

When fractures occur as a result of something other than trauma or injury, fixing the fractures is just the first step. You will also need to address the reason why the fractures occurred in the first place. This may mean attending a physical therapy center or chronic pain center or going through orthopedic rehabilitation of some type.

Recovering from fractures is not typically a long pocess. The average short-term recovery time for a total hip replacement is only 4 to 6 weeks. Bone typically takes a few weeks to heal, and with small fractures the recovery time is usually short. Don’t wait until those fractures turn into an even bigger problem. Get help from a physician, and get started on the road to recovery and good health right now.