If you are like me and partake in some regular sporting activity broken bones is probably the last thing we want! Not that anyone would want to end up with a broken bone, it takes a long time to heal and keeps you off the sporting ground. Also, it takes a toll on your overall sporting regime and dents your practice, strength, and stamina.
Amongst common sporting injuries, a broken bone (clean break or fracture) results when too much pressure is directly applied to the bone, causes breakage. Broken bones in foot and are an even bigger menace as compared to other broken bones in the body because after all, it helps if you can walk!
In extreme cases bones may also shatter after they have been cracked. Depending on the intensity, some fractures may break the bone, others might leave a crack, which, if not treated can cause complications later especially as you age. It all depends on what circumstances you have been injured under and the intensity of force on the bone. By default, our bones are made to absorb pressure and have an element of self-protection if and when we involved in accidents. However, there is a saturation point for bones to absorb pressure. When they surpass this threshold, the bones break, crack or shatter. The most common causes of broken bones among athletes or even those engaging in sporting activity are:
- Accidental one-off or as a result of repetitive stress over a period of time (i.e. boxing ) injury
- Falling from a height
- Landing on an unsafe or uneven surface
- Overexertion of the body beyond its capability
The symptoms of a broken bone can be varied, depending upon how intense the injury was. As the bone is breaking, you may hear it snap. This is followed by immense pain in the bone and the area that surrounds it. As a result, the entire area swells.
In case of fractures in the arm or leg, the entire leg or arm can seize in a bent or angled position, such that it can look deformed. There are cases where a portion of the bone may even protrude from the wound. This situation is called a compound fracture. Moving a broken bone is hard and makes movement close to impossible.
First & foremost seek professional advice, A&E! Some commonly recommended actions however that one must take after bone breakage to help relieve the pain can be the following:
- Elevating the area where your bone has broken. This reduces swelling.
- Applying ice on the injury, very gently
- In order to prevent bacteria from penetrating the wound, one must clean the wound with soap and water, gently.
- Covering the injury with a bandage
Depending on how severe the injury is, healing from a broken bone can take weeks or months. In case of children and teenagers, such injuries are easier to heal as their bodies are already in the growth phase. In adults, proper healing takes a relatively longer period of typically about 6 weeks. Even after the injury has been healed, you may be required to perform specific exercises with your Physiotherapist in order to make muscles movable and strong. This also helps in restoring flexibility in the joint.
As ever, the most important thing one can do when they have sustained an injury is to seek medical attention immediately. Qualified Physiotherapists can play a significant part of supporting your rehabilitation and can provide specialized treatment for sports injuries from one of the multiple clinics in London and surrounding areas. For an instant and direct booking confirmation of private physiotherapy sessions please pop over to www.physiosnearme.com and book a qualified professional instantly.