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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2013

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