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How is a broken leg treated?

If you're involved in a motorcycle or motor vehicle accident, you know one thing to be true: one or more broken bone could be the end result.

A broken leg is a common injury, however, this doesn't mean there is anything simple about the treatment process.

If you have reason to believe you've suffered this injury, don't hesitate to receive medical treatment. This will ensure that the issue is taken care of at once, without putting you at risk for greater injury.

Treatment of a broken leg depends on many factors, including the type. These include: open, closed, complete, displaced, and greenstick.

All of these types of fractures are serious, with each one calling for a specific treatment plan.

For example, if the injury calls for it, the bone will need set in place. From there, immobilization is essential to making a full recovery.

While not always the case, there are times when a broken bone calls for a surgical procedure. This may be necessary if you have multiple fractures, fractures that extend into a joint, or any damage to surrounding ligaments.

Neglecting to receive treatment for a broken leg is a big mistake, as the pain is not going to subside on its own.

Once you've received treatment and know what to do next in regards to your recovery, you can focus on the accident itself. If you find that another person was responsible for the accident, such as a distracted driver, you may find yourself in a position to receive compensation. You'll want to learn more about your options, as your medical bills and follow-up care will be sure to impact your finances.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Broken leg," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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