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Why should you get your fractures treated?

As a California resident who has been in a car accident before, you may be thanking your luck that you're dealing with bone fractures instead of broken bones. After all, fractures can heal on their own, right? Unfortunately, that isn't always the case, and not treating your factures properly can lead to some very severe issues.

The Orthopaedic Associates state that a fracture shouldn't go untreated for an extended period of time. You may think that it's just a minor injury. Maybe you've been told before that fractures will mend on their own, and that it isn't something worth seeing a doctor over. Your may tolerance may also be high enough that you initially mistake the fracture as a simple sprain. However, ignoring a fracture can result in long term or even permanent damages. This may include:

  • Damage to the ligaments or muscles in the area
  • Bones healing improperly
  • Permanent damage to the nerves

Any bone deformities that may occur can cause additional damage by possibly tearing or chafing surrounding areas. Additionally, you could be facing swelling and pain that will last much longer than it would have if you had the fracture treated properly at the start of the problem.

Once a fracture has been properly diagnosed, your physician will suggest the next course of action for you. Typically, fractures require support so that the bones can heal properly. You may also be prescribed pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs to help with swelling in the area.

Treating a fracture properly in the now will prevent you from dealing with complications in the future. Keep in mind that one simple doctor's visit could save you many more.

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