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Broken bones: there is more than one treatment strategy

A broken bone is not always as serious as many other injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, but it can still cause you a variety of problems.

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident, especially one in which your vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed, it's possible that you could end up with one or more broken bones.

In this case, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention. Once an ambulance arrives on the scene and provides initial care, you'll feel better about your ability to make a full recovery, though you'll likely still have concerns about long-term treatment and associated costs.

What type of treatment is best?

Since no two people and no two fractures are exactly the same, there is no easy way of knowing exactly what type of treatment is best.

Fortunately, there are several treatment strategies that can generate a positive response:

  • Surgery. While doctors try to avoid this at all costs, it's often necessary depending on the extent of the fracture and the body part.
  • Case immobilization. This is the most common type of fracture treatment, as most bones will heal once they're repositioned and immobile for an extended period of time.
  • Traction. With this, a steady pulling action helps to align the bone.
  • External fixation. This is a type of operation in which screws or pins are placed into the bone both below and above the fracture. These are then attached to a metal bar outside the body. It acts as a stabilizing frame so that bones are held in the proper position during the healing process.

Along with the above, prescription pain medication can help a person get through the early part of the healing process.

Any type of broken bone is one that requires medical attention. If you neglect to receive the proper treatment, it could cause additional health problems in the future.

If you suffer a broken bone in a motor vehicle accident, you should first receive medical treatment and then focus on protecting your legal rights. You may be able to consult with an attorney who can help you file a lawsuit in an attempt to receive compensation from the negligent party, such as the driver of another vehicle.

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