Check Your Symptoms
Call 911 if a bone is poking through
Call a doctor if:
- The hurt limb or joint looks odd, is a
strange shape, or is out of its normal
- The skin over the site of an injury
- You have signs of nerve or blood vessel
damage, such as:
- Numbness, tingling, or a pins-and-needles
- Skin that is pale, white, or blue, or feels
colder than the skin on the limb that is
- Not being able to move the limb
normally because of weakness, not
- You cannot put weight on or straighten
a hurt limb, or a joint wobbles or feels
- You have severe pain.
- You have a lot of swelling within
30 minutes of the injury.
- Swelling and pain do not improve after
2 days of home treatment.
- You have signs of infection after an
injury. These may include increased
pain, swelling, warmth, and redness; red
streaks leading from the area; and fever.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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