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There are many ways to treat a broken leg

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident, there is always a chance that you could suffer some type of broken bone. For example, a broken leg is not uncommon.

This is a serious injury that can lead to many types of treatment. The type of treatment you receive depends on many factors, including the category of the fracture:

-- Closed fracture

-- Open fracture

-- Complete fracture

-- Incomplete fracture

-- Greenstick fracture

-- Displaced fracture

Upon arriving at the hospital, initial treatment typically includes an X-ray. This gives your medical team a better idea of the type of injury and which treatment strategy is best.

From there, setting the leg is typically the next step. This then leads to one of the following types of treatment:

-- Immobilization. It's important to restrict movement of the leg as to give the bone enough time to heal. A cast is often used.

-- Medication. Many types of medication can be used to reduce inflammation and pain, both prescription and over the counter.

-- Surgery. While not always required, there are times when a broken leg must be treated by surgery. This often comes into play if there are multiple fractures, loose bone fragments, a fracture of a joint, or damage to surrounding ligaments.

Along with the above, once your bone heals, you may need to go through physical therapy for an extended period of time. This is the best way to regain full control of your leg, while also ensuring that you don't face any long term problems in regards to strength, flexibility, and mobility.

If you have any reason to believe that you have a broken leg, it's important to receive immediate medical attention. Neglecting to do so can lead to more trouble in the future, especially if you continue to put weight on the leg.

Since a broken leg is a serious injury, since this is often accompanied by other injuries, it's a good idea to learn more about your legal rights. Once you receive treatment for your injuries, consult with an attorney to determine if you're able to file a lawsuit. Taking this step may allow you to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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