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Bone Fracture Appointment Guide

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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?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
  1. Adult Forearm Fractures. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/adult-forearm-fractures/
  2. Broken Arm. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-arm/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353266
  3. Broken Leg. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-leg/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20370416
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