It requires medical attention.
If the broken bone is the result of major trauma or injury, call 911 or your local emergency number.
Also call for emergency help if: You suspect a bone is broken in the neck, head or back.
Can Urgent Care treat broken bones?
Normally, broken bones of the hand, wrist, ankle, or foot may be treated at the local urgent care center. On the other hand, the severity of the injury even though they are only located on the limbs might warrant a trip to the emergency room.
What do you do if someone breaks a bone?
What to Do
- Take clothing off the injured area.
- Apply an ice pack wrapped in cloth.
- Keep the injured limb in the position you find it.
- Put a simple splint on the broken area if you have one. A splint holds the bone still.
- Get medical care.
- Don’t let your child eat or drink in case they need surgery.
Should you call an ambulance for a broken ankle?
It’s best to assume it’s a fracture until it has been checked by a doctor or nurse. If you think you or someone else has a broken ankle: go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for an ambulance if it’s a bad break – minor fractures can often be treated at a local minor injuries unit.
Should I ice a fracture?
To reduce pain and swelling: Sit with your foot elevated higher than your knee at least 4 times a day. Apply an ice pack 20 minutes of every hour, you are awake, for the first 2 days. After 2 days, use the ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 times a day as needed.