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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.
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