Symptoms of a Fracture
The symptoms of fracture are pain, loss of motion, change of position, change of contour of the fleshy parts, and most important of all, a light crackling sound when the limb is moved—crepitation the surgeons call it.
Pain following an injury that might produce a fracture is not necessarily proof positive of the existence of a fracture. Pain may and often does follow a bruise, sprain, or dislocation, in a greater degree than that following a fracture. Loss of motion, too, is quite as marked in dislocations and severe sprains as in fractures. Change of contour, unless in the locality of prominent joints, is quite a valuable sign. The fractured limb, except in certain rare cases, will show a change in the appearance of its general outline.
Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.
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