What Does A Bone Fracture Feel Like?

If you have broken a bone, you may experience the following: you may hear or feel a snap or a grinding noise as the injury happens.

there may be swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injured area.

you may feel pain when you put weight on the injury, touch it, press it, or move it.

Can you fracture a bone and not know it?

Without an X-ray, it’s nearly impossible to tell when—or if—the patient has a fracture. There are layers of skin, muscle, and fat between the rescuer’s eyes and the possible broken bone. Sometimes, a really bad complete fracture will not be able to carry weight or otherwise function properly.

Do hairline fractures hurt?

Fast facts on hairline fractures:

Hairline fractures can occur from overuse or repetitive activity. They can be hard to notice, but a dull pain often develops over time. Feelings of pain from light to moderate pressure can indicate a hairline fracture. Pain may be reduced using common painkillers, such as paracetamol.

What type of pain does a fracture cause?

Broken bones bleed, and the blood and associated swelling (edema) causes pain. Muscles that surround the injured area may go into spasm when they try to hold the broken bone fragments in place, and these spasms may cause further pain.

How do you detect a stress fracture?

Doctors can sometimes diagnose a stress fracture from a medical history and a physical exam, but imaging tests are often needed.

  • X-rays. Stress fractures often can’t be seen on regular X-rays taken shortly after your pain begins.
  • Bone scan.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).