Signs you may have a fracture
If you have fallen on an outstretched hand, caught your finger in the door or knocked your finger in a game and are not sure if you have fractured your bones, here are some signs to look for.
- Tenderness at the site of injury
- Bruising or colour changes
- Pain, which may worsen with positioning or use of the hand
- Obvious deformity, this is not with all cases
- Numbness in you hand or fingers
- Changes to the length of the finger, it may appear shorter
- Scissoring, where your affected finger is crossing/scissoring over
I think I have a fracture, what do I do now?
If you have some of these signs and think you have a fracture, here are some of the things that you can do.
- Book an appointment with us. We can assess and assist with diagnosis of your fracture. We can also facilitate obtaining imaging, such as Xrays and a surgical referral, if required.
- Attend your GP. Your GP may refer you to an outpatients clinic for further management of your fracture.
If you are concerned and think that you require immediate medical attention
- Attend an Emergency Room at your local public hospital
- If you have private health insurance, attend your closest private hospital Emergency Room
- In emergency cases, contact an Ambulance
So there you have a quick guide on what to do if you think you have a fracture. We can help assess, treat and diagnose your fracture. You can book an appointment online or via phone, so we can get you back to doing the things that you love.