Broken bones are one of the most common summertime injuries in Colorado

Boy on a SwingSummertime and broken bones may not seem to be two things that go together.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  With the increase in outdoor activities, bone fractures are among the most common summertime injuries, especially in children.

Common Summertime Injuries

The warm weather, sports, and vacations of summer bring us joy and wonderful memories. This season also brings with it the risk of different types of injuries.  Some of these include:

  • Drowning
  • Dehydration
  • Sunburn
  • Insect Bites
  • Fractures

Summertime and Broken Bones

The sports of summer such as diving, volleyball, baseball, soccer, hiking, rafting, and many others all have one thing in common; they increase your risk of bone fractures. Summer is also the time when children are outside playing, thereby increasing their risk of fractures as well.  Who is most at risk of broken bones?

  • Smokers have an elevated risk of bone fracture
  • Frequent drinkers also carry this risk
  • Those who regularly take steroid medications
  • People with chronic disorders
  • Patients with Type 1 diabetes
  • Those with a family history of bone fracture

Symptoms of bone fracture

When you are injured, one of the first questions you may ask is, “Is it broken?”  The following are symptoms of bone fracture:

  • Swelling and/or bruising
  • Pain that worsens when you move or apply pressure to the area
  • Deformity of the injured area
  • Loss of function of the injured body part

Where to go for these common summertime injuries

Since fractures are such common summertime injuries, it is important to know what to do when you find that you or someone you love has been injured. You need to be seen quickly.  The specialists at the Express Care Clinic at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group can quickly and effectively assess your injury. We have on-sight X-ray available, and our Express Care Clinic is a lower cost than either an Urgent Care or Emergency Room visit. The doctors at the Express Care Clinic are all specialists and can give a higher level of care for a bone fracture.

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