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.