Broken Leg (cont.)
Broken Leg Symptoms
The major symptoms of a broken leg are pain, swelling, and deformity. A broken leg can be very obvious, but may require an
X-ray to diagnose. Even when very obvious, an X-ray usually is required to
evaluate the severity of the fracture and exact alignment of bone fragments.
Pain caused by a broken bone is typically severe. Holding the bone still will decrease pain. Movement of the broken bone will increase pain.
Swelling and bruising over the area of a break are common.
- Deformity of the leg can occur in these forms:
- Shortening: The broken leg appears shorter than the unaffected leg.
- Rotation: The leg below the break is twisted.
- Angulation: The leg bends at the break instead of at the joint.
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