Bone Fracture Appointment Guide
Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
- Has your pain improved? What number would you give your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain you have ever had?
- How does it feel when you move it?
- Are you able to perform all your daily activities? Are there any you have trouble doing?
- Are you having problems with swelling, stiffness, numbness or tingling?
- Describe how the injury happened. What did you feel or hear during the injury?
- Rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain you have ever had?
- Did the pain start immediately or has it been gradually getting worse?
- What other symptoms besides pain are you experiencing? Any swelling, stiffness, numbness, or tingling? How severe are these symptoms?
- Were there any other injuries related to this incident? Did you remain conscious?
- What makes the pain or other symptoms better or worse?
- How well is your medication controlling your pain?
- What new symptoms are you experiencing?
- Have you recently started a new activity or exercise? Have you increased the intensity of an existing activity?
- Do my symptoms mean I have fracture? What tests do I need?
- What treatment options are available if it is a fracture?
- Is it likely that I have other injuries?
- Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or other specialist?
- Are there other injuries in addition to the fracture?
- Will I need surgery?
- How long will I need to wear a cast or brace? How do I care for it?
- What activities should I avoid during healing?
- Will physical therapy help my healing?
- How should I protect the area in the future?
- Could a different medicine relieve my pain better?
- Could my new or different symptoms be related to my bone fracture?
- Will it be necessary to have surgery to restore normal bone position?