First aid for bone breaks: What you need to know

First aid for bone breaks: What you need to know

With kids back to school and playing sports, Dr. Richard L. Angelo, a highly rated orthopedic surgeon in Kirkland, Wash., says injuries — including fractures — are inevitable.

If someone around you suffers a broken bone, step up your game and lend a helping hand with these tips:

  • Keep the person who's injured stabilized to prevent harming the nerve and tissue. If the bone is exposed, place a clean cloth over it.
  • Apply direct pressure to the area if it's bleeding to reduce the amount of blood that's lost. Call 911 if there's excessive bleeding.
  • Find a newspaper, stick or a rolled blanket and apply a splint just above or below the joint. Never attempt to straighten the limb out or push the bone beneath the skin, which could also damage nerve endings or arteries.
  • Secure the splint by wrapping tape, gauze, a string or a piece of a T-shirt around it, but don't tie it too tight, which could cause discoloration or tingling in the fingers or toes.
  • Once the bone is stabilized, transport the injured to the hospital or urgent care facility to get an X-ray, and keep ice on the location that has the most swelling.

More Like This

Know your back surgery options

Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain medication and acupuncture may all help with back pain, but for those still suffering, surgery may be the only option. Discuss with your doctor which back-surgery procedures will help to get you back in motion.

Post New Comment


What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 3 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Stop guessing when it comes to hiring! Check Angie’s List to find out who does the best work in town.

Local Discounts

Daily deals up to 70% off popular home improvement projects from top-rated contractors on Angie’s List!