Fracture & Dislocation Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
Fractures refer to a break or crack in the bone, while dislocations are described as bones being out of place from their connecting joint. Both tend to happen without warning, which is why ThedaCare offers immediate care services without an appointment through our urgent care locations.
Fractures and dislocations often occur in conjunction with sports injuries, car accidents or falls. Those with osteoporosis are especially susceptible to broken bones.
Symptoms of a fracture include:
- Deformity, bleeding, tenderness or limping
- Torn or broken skin
- Severe pain and discomfort
Symptoms of a dislocation include:
- Swelling or discoloration
- Inability to move the joint
- Joint out of place or visibly askew
- Pain, bruising, instability and loss of mobility
Often our care team is able to determine if your bone is broken simply by observing or touching the area. Occasionally an X-Ray may be necessary to determine the severity of the break or dislocation and appropriate treatment.
The primary goal of treatment is to get the bone or joint back in one piece and may include one or more of the following:
- Splint or orthopedic cast
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication