What were the symptoms and signs of the bone or bones you broke?
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What are the signs and symptoms of a broken bone?
Broken bones hurt. The lining of the bone (periosteum) is rich with nerve
endings that can cause pain when inflamed; and the muscles surrounding the
fracture go into spasm to prevent movement of the fracture site, and this spasm
may intensify the pain.
Bones have a rich blood supply and will bleed when injured. This will cause
swelling and the blood that seeps into the surrounding tissue will also cause
further pain. The discoloration due to the blood can show up as
dark red or
purple bruise in the area of the fracture site.
Because muscles and tendons may not be damaged, the person may be able to
move the injured extremity. For that reason, just because you can move the
injured area, doesn't mean it's not broken.
If there is damage to a nearby artery, the
injury may be cool and pale (distal to the injury), and if there is nerve damage, there may be numbness