Treating a broken leg is something that should be done by medical professionals. If you suspect you have suffered a broken leg, you shouldn’t attempt to walk on it. Indeed, you probably wouldn’t be able to. You may feel sick, partly from the pain and partly from the experience of having broken it.
The severity of the break may determine the best course of action for treating a broken leg. For example, simple breaks can be X-rayed to confirm the break before being encased in plaster. Other more severe breaks may require surgery – especially if the bone has snapped and gone through the skin.
Should you call an ambulance?
It depends on how the accident happened and how severe the outcome is. For example, you can go to A&E if you are able to and you have someone who can take you there. You may be able to do this if you haven’t broken the skin and do not have any other injuries to take into account.
On the other hand, severe breaks that poke through the skin, or an inability to get to A&E easily under your own steam, would warrant calling an ambulance. Give as much information as you can when you call so the team knows what to expect. Stay calm and keep yourself warm while you wait for help. Don’t move your leg if you can help it. If you have any bleeding, carefully cover the wound with some clean clothing to stem the flow of blood.
The importance of immobilisation
Keeping your leg still while you wait for medical help is very important. Indeed, this is the first rule of treatment. Once your break is treated and plastered, you won’t be able to move it for several weeks until the bones heal and knit back together. For more serious breaks, surgery will be required to pin the bones so they can heal properly.
While you recover, you may go back over how the accident happened. Was someone else at fault for the event? However you broke your leg, if you suspect someone else was responsible, you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Road accidents and other incidents where a broken leg is the result could potentially lead to a compensation claim being made. Find out whether this might apply in your case by calling our team today.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead