Unfortunately, 34% of people will break a leg at some point in their lives and in this article we’ll discuss how it can happen and how best you can recover from it.
Breaking any bone, especially a leg can be disastrous to your social and working life. Especially if manual labour is their chosen career.
Untold financial and family matters can come as a part of this too, the inability to earn and care for children can be a massive issue.
But the most difficult time for a serious leg break would be for a young, sporty child who dreamt of playing football, rugby or any other sport to a high level.
In most cases, the fast the recovery from an accident the better and the sooner the victim can return to a normal life.
An even more disturbing fact is that 4% of people will break both legs at the same time, imagine how difficult it would be to even function through the daily routine.
Common causes of broken legs
There’s thousands of ways you could potentially break your leg, but for 95% of people these are the most common causes:
If you have broken your leg, it can be a tough process, often your in for a lengthy recovery phase, which we will touch on shortly.
How to spot a minor fracture?
In most cases a broken leg will come as a result of direct trauma (what is direct trauma), so it can be fairly obvious to diagnose but in a few cases it can be a lot less obvious if the bone isn’t displaced.
The three most common symptoms of fractures are:
If you have broken a bone, you may experience the following:
Other, very common, symptoms are feeling faint, nauseous or being dizzy.
But if the break is very small, or a very simple crack it may not be too painful and more difficult to diagnose, in these cases you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Go to your closes accident and emergency department.
In simple breaks your bone may be ‘manipulated’ back in to position fairly quickly, often this is a quick process that aligns the bone back to where it should be.
Often the bone will then be held in place using a basic cast, to hold the bones in the correct position while the healing process takes place.
It’s very important to diagnose broken bones quickly. Bones heal and grow within a couple of weeks and this can result in long term deformity if it isn’t fixed quickly.
One thing that is often overlooked is to not eat or drink anything if you have a suspected broken bone. You may need to be anaesthetized upon entering A&E to correct the issue.
The older generation and those with bone related diseases like osteoporosis need to be particularly careful. Bones are weaker and break a lot easier, under a lot less pressure than those without, seek medical attention if you’re in pain, stress or discomfort after even the most mundane fall or accident.
Are you owed compensation
Each year hundreds of thousands of people make a claim for an injury that wasn’t their fault.
Broken limbs and legs make up a large percentage of those because of their direct impact on the victim’s ability to function, work and care for others.
Compensation for broken legs is often one of the highest paid claim types as a direct result of this.
The nature of ways in which leg breaks occur are the main reason for high compensation.
Slips and trips in public areas, road accidents caused by others and sport injuries that massively effect your earning potential are common.
There are thousands of dedicated solicitors that can help with cases like this, so fear not, we suggest any of the following as reliable and reputable sources of advice:
Most operate on a no win no fee (what is no win no fee) basis and can guide you in the right direction.
How to recover from a broken leg
In all circumstances your doctor will advise you on the best form of action to recover from your broken leg but there are things you can do at home to speed this up.
Typically, for basic breaks, it takes around 6-8 weeks to completely heal and you’ll normally be in a case, restricting movement, for the whole of this period.
Most people will be on crutches or using a wheelchair in that period until it’s time to start putting weight back on the leg again. Don’t worry though, you’ll be directed on how to use the equipment safely when it’s provided.
In severe fractures it can take 3 to 6 months for a recovery, sometimes longer in extreme cases.
The majority of broken leg victims will or should utilize physiotherapy to fully recover from the accident.
This aids muscle regrowth, strength, movement and flexibility. It also provides a psychological benefit in building up trust on the bone again.
Often this includes basic exercises that will be demonstrated by your physiotherapist and you can carry on at home.
Be sure to not rush your recovery, broken bones when rushed can re-break.
Many people who have suffered a leg break struggle to adjust after it, simply because a bone isn’t fully healed just because the pain has gone.
Follow the advice of your doctor who will suggest a slow, gradual rebuilding of trust and strength, gradually using your leg more over time.
Remember that driving while in a cast is not recommend, this can cause big logistical problems, take advice on when it is best to start again.
Unfortunately, their can be severe complications with broken legs, which we’ll discuss now.
For the majority, a broken leg will heal fully within a few months and there will be no further complications.
Unfortunately, when they do occur, problems can be very serious, including these common complications: