If you have ever been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may have suffered a spiral fracture. Unfortunately, these types of fractures are all too common and can be extremely painful. But what exactly is a spiral fracture?
Understanding spiral fractures
Spiral fractures occur when the force of impact is too much for the bone to handle. For instance, if you slip and fall on a wet surface and twist your ankle, the force of the impact could cause the bones in your lower leg to break. In a spiral fracture, the bone breaks in a spiral pattern.
Symptoms of a spiral fracture
One of the most common symptoms of a spiral fracture is severe pain. You may also notice that the affected area is swollen and bruised. If the fracture is in your lower leg, you may have difficulty walking. Additionally, you may notice that the affected area is deformed, which is caused by the broken bone piercing through the skin.
Treatment for a spiral fracture
Usually, spiral fractures require surgery to heal properly. During surgery, the doctor will insert a metal rod into the bone to stabilize it. In some cases, a cast may be enough to treat the fracture. When the fracture heals, you may need to undergo physical therapy to regain full use of the affected area.
Prevention of a spiral fracture
There are several things you can do to help prevent spinal fractures. First, make sure to wear shoes that fit properly and offer good support. Second, be careful when walking on slippery or uneven surfaces. Third, avoid activities that put you at risk of falling, such as skiing or rock climbing. If you have a history of bone fractures, be sure to talk to your doctor about ways to prevent future fractures.
If a spiral fracture is not treated properly, it can lead to complications such as arthritis, chronic pain and deformity. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you have a spiral fracture. The good news is that while spiral fractures can be painful and debilitating, with proper treatment, most people make a full recovery.