A broken leg is a painful injury that can keep you off your feet for an extended period of time. If you have reason to believe you’ve suffered this injury, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek medical attention.
There are many types of broken leg injuries, including:
- Closed fracture
- Open fracture
- Complete fracture
- Incomplete fracture
- Displaced fracture
- Greenstick fracture
While all of these require medical attention, the type of treatment for each is not the same.
Some of the things your medical team may consider include:
- Setting the leg
- Immobilizing the leg
- Medication, such as to help you better deal with the pain
- Surgical procedure
Many people assume that surgery is the best way to treat a broken leg, but this is not always the case. Instead, surgery is typically required in the following situations:
- Unstable fracture
- Multiple fractures to the same bone
- Damage to surrounding area, such as ligaments
- Fractures that impact a joint
- If there are loose bone fragments
- Fracture resulting from a crush
It’s important to follow the advice of your medical team both when discussing treatment options and as you begin the recovery process. For example, therapy is important when you’re ready for it, as this will help you regain strength in your leg.
If you broke your leg at your place of employment, such as in a construction accident or slip and fall, report the incident to your employer. Make sure they are clear as to what went wrong and when your injury occurred.
Once time allows, you can learn more about the workers’ compensation system and whether you can file a claim for benefits.