Wait, Is It Broken?

“I can move it, so it’s clearly not broken…” Maybe, maybe not! In primary care settings, the majority of fractures that we treat are diagnosed days after they occur (sometimes weeks), ignored because of this inaccurate belief. Wrist fractures are notorious for this presentation, because often there is not dramatic bruising or deformity, and swelling may not be impressive. Finger, foot, and ankle fractures tend to have much more impressive dark bruising and swelling, but even with these injuries, the affected area can most frequently still be moved voluntarily (albeit with significant discomfort).

Fractures come in many shapes and sizes. … Read more