There are a few different ways we are able to investigate the severity and type of fracture. There is the traditional X-ray, which is appropriate in many cases. But sometimes, where an X-ray may not show the full extent of the damage, we are able to use other scanning methods such as CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). These method give us highly detailed and, in some instances, 3D images of the injury.
Broken bones heal by themselves – but the aim of medical treatment is to ensure that the bones are correctly aligned. In some cases, surgery may need to be performed for complex fractures.