Broken and Dislocated Bones
If not treated by a professional, broken and dislocated bones may lead to even more serious injuries, like the loss of a limb or permanent deformity. Do not attempt to fix the bone yourself - the blood vessels around the bones are easily damaged and you could cause life-threatening bleeding. Instead, visit urgent care or ER right away.
Signs it might be serious - Call 911 right away if you notice any of these:
- Sign of Shock
- Bone poking through the skin.
- Extreme pain with touch or movement.
- The skin is starting to go numb or turn blue.
- You think you have broken a bone in the neck, head, or back.
- If you think the broken bone is in the neck, head, or back don’t move the person unless absolutely necessary. If they are in the middle of a road for example, carefully move them somewhere safe.
- What to do while you wait for help:
- Stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean piece of clothing.
- Try not to move the bone - Never try to push the bone back into place.
- If possible wrap ice in a towel or piece of cloth and apply it to the area to help prevent swelling. Don't put the ice right on the skin.