Story by: Sara Thompson on September 30, 2020
If you think you have a broken bone, should you go to an emergency room (ER) or an Immediate Care Center? Sometimes it can be hard to decide. Here are some things to consider.
A bone fracture is a medical condition that changes the contour or shape of the bone. Fractures can happen in any bone in the body. We typically say a bone is “broken” when referring to a variety of situations, including cracks, crushing and spiral fractures. Bone fractures can occur because of:
Signs of a bone fracture can range widely depending on which bone is affected, severity of the fracture, and the patient’s age and general health. Most fractures include the following:
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Other symptoms, especially if the fracture is in a bone such as the pelvis or femur, may include:
If at all possible, try not to move a patient with an obviously broken bone. For instance, if there has been an accident, perform first aid and call 911.
If a ride to a care facility is not available, call 911.
Go to an immediate care center:
All Norton Immediate Care Centers have on-site X-ray capability. A Norton Immediate Care provider will review your images, stabilize the injury and provide a referral if needed.
Go to the hospital emergency department if:
Emergency Departments will also be able to X-ray the injured area and have a team of specialists available to provide a medical opinion and further treatment if necessary.
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