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What is the First Aid Treatment for Broken or Dislocated Bones?
We encounter broken or dislocated bones in vehicular accidents and sometimes at home when kids play too much and accidentally land in their hands or tumble down the stairs.
Read along and learn how to give first aid treatment to a broken or dislocated bone and prevent further damage while waiting for professional help.
Is a fractured bone the same as a dislocated bone?
Fractures are breaks or cracks in the bone(s), while dislocations are when a bone moves out of place from its usual connecting joint. Fractures and dislocations can be very painful, but the symptoms you experience will help determine which injury you may have.
A fracture occurs when too much force is exerted on a bone, usually from an accident or fall. The seriousness of a fracture depends upon the person’s age and the location and nature of the fracture.
A dislocation often impacts the surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles. They can be very painful and are frequently seen in people who play contact sports. Dislocations are predominantly caused by trauma, fall or blow. Symptoms include intense pain, swelling and bruising, limited movement and a joint that is visibly out of place.
How do you recognise a broken or dislocated bone?
Two of the most common bone and joint injuries are dislocations and fractures. A dislocation occurs when two bones slip out of place at the joint that connects them and is usually caused by a sudden impact from a blow, fall or other trauma.
These are some recognition pointers for a broken or dislocated bone:
- Pain - The injury usually hurts, Beware, pain-killer, nerve damage, or other Injuries mask pain.
- Loss of power - For example, being unable to lift with a broken arm.
- Unnatural movement - Take care to prevent movement if you see this.
- Swelling or bruising around the site of the injury.
- Deformity - If a bone is in the wrong place.
- Irregularity - Lumps or depressions in the skin where the broken ends of bone overlap the bone has dislocated.
- Crepitus - The feeling or sound of bones grating as the broken ends rub on each other if the injury is moved.
- Tenderness at the site of the injury.
You can dislocate almost any joint in your body, your ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows or jaw. You can even dislocate your finger and toe joints.
What is the first aid treatment for broken or dislocated bones?
The following are the things to do in providing a first aid treatment for a broken or dislocated bone:
- Immobilise the injury in your position and keep the casualty warm.
- Do not try to straighten a broken bone that is angulated.
- Call 999/112 for emergency help If:
- You suspect injury to the spine or head.
- There is difficulty breathing or reduced circulation beyond the injury.
- There is deformity, irregularity, and abnormal movement or bone through the skin.
- The casualty is in a lot of pain.
- You need help to immobilise the injury and transport the casualty safely.
- If you call 999/112, keep the injury still and cover the open wound with a dressing.
- If you don’t need an ambulance, splint/support the injury to immobilise it before transport to a hospital. Pad inside any splint and check circulation beyond it.
How is a dislocated bone diagnosed?
Your doctor may diagnose a dislocation by looking at and moving the joint and asking about what caused the injury. He will check circulation, deformity, and the skin is broken. If your doctor believes you have a broken bone or dislocation, he will order an X-ray. This test allows the doctor to see the exact location and severity of the dislocation. These imaging tools will enable your doctor to see exactly what’s happening in the joint or bone.
How is a dislocated bone treated?
All dislocations need medical care right away to prevent a bone from breaking. Untreated dislocations can lead to severe problems.
Treatment may include:
- RICE - This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the dislocated area.
- Repositioning - It manually moves the bones back into their proper position so the joint can heal.
- Splint or cast - This treatment keeps the dislocated area in place while it heals. It also protects the area from motion or use.
- Medicine - Certain medicines can ease the pain.
- Traction - This treatment gently stretches the muscles and tendons around the bone ends to help with the dislocation.
- Surgery - You may need this treatment if the dislocation happens again and again. It may also be done if a muscle, tendon, or ligament is badly torn.
Where can I find online training courses about first aid treatment for broken or dislocated bones?
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