It can be difficult to distinguish between a bone, joint or muscle injury so if in doubt, treat the injury as a broken bone.

The main aim is to prevent further injury. 

If you suspect a broken bone: 

  • Support the limb with your hand. 

  • Avoid moving the injured part if possible.

  • Secure and support the injured part. You can use rolled up blankets, cushions, clothes or whatever you have handy.

  • Arrange for travel to hospital. 

If this is not possible or in the case of suspected spinal or neck injury, call 999. 

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