What are the complications of a fracture?

A fracture (broken bone) is a common injury often caused by excessive force being applied to a bone. There are many different types of fractures and some are more serious than others. The first aid treatment of a fracture is aims to control any bleeding and immobilise the injured part to prevent further damage. 

There are a number of complications which can occur after a fracture. These complications can be serious so it is important that early medical assistance is always sought. Complications of fractures

Complications of a fracture

  • Bleeding – this is a common complication of open fractures where there is a break in the skin
  • Infection (osteomyelitis) 
  • Nerve damage
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Deformity
  • Arthritis
  • On-going pain

These complications can cause significant disability for many months / years after a fracture has occurred. 

Prompt and effective first aid treatment can reduce the risks of these complications developing. For example applying a sterile wound dressing over an exposed bone end can reduce the risk of a bone infection (osteomyelitis) developing.


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  1. dyanne leo says:

    1.Immoblise injured part control any bleeding call for medical support

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