Broken Leg (cont.)
Broken Leg Diagnosis
The doctor will examine the patient's leg for evidence of a break (fracture). If the doctor suspects that a bone has been broken,
X-rays will be ordered.
- The doctor also will look for signs that an artery or nerve was damaged or injured. To do this, the doctor will feel for pulses and test
the strength and sense of touch below the injury.
- If the doctor suspects some other medical condition has caused weakening of the bone leading to the fracture, other lab tests may be ordered.
- Diagnosis of stress fractures are often difficult, and special studies beyond
X-rays may be needed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2013
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