However minor a fracture is, there is always a chance that its treatment fails to gauge the full extent of the damage caused. X-Rays come in handy even when the diagnosis is complete, simply because they are best form of imaging that allows for the emergence of a primary yet comprehensive understanding of the injury.
What a Minor Fracture Might Consist Of
Bones break, but they do not always break cleanly. Around the fracture, there can be much damage caused to the structure itself or surrounding tissues. This subterranean damage may not be immediately perceivable or felt by the affected person. This is why sometimes people who may have suffered a mild fracture in a foot during a sports-related activity go on walking on it for at least for a week thereby making the pain worse. This, however, is not a good practice especially as older you get, since a broken bones, no matter how minor, can be difficult to heal.
X-Rays Give You The Right Picture
Doctors require an X-Ray for the simple reason that there is much more to know about a fraction than the simple fact there is a bone broken somewhere. Bones areiable to break into pieces or move out of their normally set configurations. Moreover, tendons, muscles or ligament-like entities surrounding or supporting the bone could be torn as a result of a broken bone and this is difficult to detect without an X-Ray.
Lastly, there are certain kinds of fractures such as fractured ribs, where no matter how minor the break is, it is essential to understand the severity of the injury as part of the diagnosis.
Narrow Down Curative Procedures With X-Rays
A primary procedure that might follow the X-Ray diagnosis is that the doctor, having understood the amount of the damage will know if the bone has broken the skin. If that is the case, he would have to open up the injured portion and remove the minutely fractured pieces and only then can the bone be returned to its normal alignment. This also requires cleaning of the affected area to prevent infection.
Following this, the decision of whether to fix a cast on the injured area is taken. The cast itself could take different forms. And in some cases, the nature of the fraction as determined by the X-Ray will prompt wherever the cast has to be applied in conventional ways or wherever, as in the case of ribs, some light fixing by tape has to be used.