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Fractures Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Fractures. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Where is the fracture?
  2. Is there a history of trauma or injury?

    Why: If the injury was nil or minimal may suggest osteoporosis or pathological fracture due to bone tumor or bone metastases.

  3. What was the nature of the trauma or injury?

    Why: e.g. single traumatic incident or repetitive stress injury.

  4. Risks of osteoporosis?

    Why: e.g. female sex, thin build, family history, early menopause, smoking, chronic alcoholism, high caffeine intake, low calcium intake, intestinal malabsorption, physical inactivity, prolonged corticosteroid use, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, Acromegaly, chronic renal failure.

  5. Domestic violence or child abuse?

    Why: may suggest trauma as cause of fracture.

  6. Medications?

    Why: a history of prolonged use of corticosteroids increases the risk of osteoporosis and resultant fractures.

  7. Pain, bruising and swelling?

    Why: are common symptoms of fractures, but they do not distinguish a fracture from a soft tissue injury.

  8. Deformity of the bone?

    Why: much more suggestive of a fracture, as compared to a soft tissue injury.

  9. Numbness of limb distal to fracture?

    Why: may suggest nerve injury secondary to fracture.

  10. Skin pallor or blueness of limb distal to fracture?

    Why: may suggest arterial injury secondary to fracture.

  11. If fracture of the spine or pelvis, is there any problem with urination?

    Why: may suggest urethral or bladder injury.

  12. Symptoms of bone metastases?

    Why: e.g. malaise, fever, weight loss, pathological fractures - may suggest a pathological fracture.

  13. Symptoms of multiple myeloma?

    Why: e.g. bone pain, usually back ache, symptoms of anemia, recurrent infections, symptoms of renal failure.

  14. Symptoms of Paget's disease?

    Why: e.g. deformed bone, warm skin over affected area, enlargement of skull, persistent headaches.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Fractures:

The following list of conditions have 'Fractures' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Fractures:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Fractures' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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