Broken Leg (cont.)
Broken Leg Self-Care at Home
If an injury occurs and a fracture is suspected, remember the following:
- Immobilize the leg as much as possible until help arrives.
- Rest. Try to keep from aggravating the injury.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped in a pillowcase or towel to decrease swelling.
- If possible, keep the leg elevated with pillows or cushions to decrease swelling.
- Often with a broken leg, an operation is necessary. For this reason, do not
let someone with a broken leg eat or drink anything until seen by the doctor.
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