Myth: A bone is not broken if there is not a lot of pain.

Mythbuster: While many bone fractures do result in a lot of pain, this isn’t always the case. There are a number of signs and symptoms  of a fracture, and a person doesn’t have to have all of them.

Some of the signs and symptoms of a broken bone (note not all may be present):

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Loss of function
  • A wound
  • Grating sensation
  • Heard or felt the bone break

What to do:

  1. Control any bleeding
  2. Immobilise the injured part
  3. Make the person comfortable
  4. Call 111 for an ambulance if the person is in severe pain, if it is a suspected rib or thigh fracture, or if there is severe bleeding that is uncontrolled