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The Risk of Infection after a Severe Bone Fracture

Understanding Bone Fracture Infections

Bone fractures typically do not lead to infections. However, when they do occur, they can pose severe complications that require a long, complicated course of treatment and recovery. Read on to learn how broken bones can become infected and the symptoms that could indicate you have one.

Common Causes of Severe Bone Fractures

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common cause of broken bones is trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries.

While a bone fracture can happen in any part of the body after a motor vehicle accident, the most common types of fractures occur in the:

  • Arm
  • Wrist
  • Thigh bone (femur)
  • Collar bone (clavicle)
  • Ribs
  • Back
  • Hip
  • Pelvis
  • Face/skull

Bone fractures are also caused by osteoporosis which weakens the bones. Overuse and repetitive motions can tire muscles which put more strain on the bone resulting in stress fractures.

How Do Infections Happen After a Bone Fracture?

Infections in the bone occur when bacteria enter the body during a traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle crash. While rare, bacteria can also enter the body during surgery when setting bones. Having an open fracture can put someone at a higher risk of developing a bone infection.

An open fracture means that the bone or bone fragments have gone through the skin or a wound penetrated down to the bone. Since the skin acts as a natural barrier to bacteria, broken skin can be a gateway for bacteria to travel to the broken bone and cause an infection.

Symptoms of a Bone Infection

You may have a bone infection if you experience the following symptoms around the affected area:

  • Increased pain
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pus
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Night sweats

If you notice any of the above symptoms after sustaining a bone fracture, see medical attention right away to avoid further complications.

Getting Help After Sustaining a Severe Bone Fracture

In most cases, a simple cast can mend a common bone fracture. However, when a severe accident causes a traumatic bone fracture, there can be an increased risk of other compilations, including infections.

Serious Injuries Need Strong Attorneys. If you have suffered complications from a bone fracture caused by the careless actions of another party, we are here to be your advocate. We’ll support you every step of the way and work tirelessly to ensure you receive the most successful outcome possible.

Contact Strong Law, P.C. today at (417) 887-4300. For challenging legal matters, we are here for you.

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