Breaks & Aches

Since it’s hard to tell the difference between breaks and sprains, treat the injury like a break until you can get an x-ray. You should splint and support it so it doesn’t move. The symptoms of breaks and sprains are so similar that it is hard to tell the difference betweent he two injuries (unless the victim has an open fracture). Some common signs of breaks and sprains include:


  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain with movement
  • Deformity-the limb is in an unnatural position (applies to a break)
  • Unable to use the limb (applies to a break)
  • Grinding, cracking, or snapping noises (applies to a break)
  • Movement in limb where there is no joint (applies to a break)