Other factors that may cause hairline fractures
Hairline fractures may also occur through accidents such as trips, slips and falls and affect bones in other parts of the body, such as the wrist or ribcage.
Bones in the feet may sustain hairline fractures where a heavy object is dropped on them, or the foot is stood on.
Are there any symptoms?
The most common symptom is a dull pain in the area of the fracture. This may be accompanied by some swelling, bruising or a tingling sensation. The pain will be more intense when pressure is exerted on the affected area - during exercise or standing.
How is a hairline fracture diagnosed?
Where a hairline fracture is suspected the patient should be thoroughly examined by his doctor. X-rays should be carried out, but if it is not possible to detect the fracture, further imaging techniques such as MRI scans may be required.
Will the bone heal?
Depending on the bone that is injured a splint or cast may be required to immobilise the affected area. It is recommended that the extremity (arm or leg) is initially elevated and rested to allow the bone to heal. After any swelling has subsided it should be possible to start putting a little weight on the area as this stimulates healing, increasing this after a couple of weeks.
By avoiding the activity that caused the fracture for at least 6-8 weeks, the bone should heal completely.
What may go wrong?
Whilst the bones usually heal if they are rested, if the fracture is not diagnosed and therefore left untreated, the injury may worsen and take longer to heal.
Is it possible to bring a claim for a hairline fracture?
If the fracture has been caused by a slip, trip or fall, then it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation against the organisation responsible for the accident.
For instance this may be through the Claimant's employer if the accident occurred in the workplace, or through a local authority if the fall was due to a fault in the pavement or road surface.
Where the hairline or stress fracture has been misdiagnosed by a healthcare professional and has not been treated, the fracture may have deteriorated further. In some circumstances this may result in the injury requiring surgery and a recovery period of months or years. Some damage may never fully heal and the Claimant may be unable to fulfil his previous active lifestyle.
In these circumstances it may be possible to bring a claim for medical negligence against the practitioner who failed to diagnose the injury.
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