Fracture & Dislocations in Highland Park, IL

While a physical exam is a preliminary part of the diagnosis for fractures and dislocations, the only way to be certain whether a bone is broken is to have an X-ray. A fracture is simply another word for a broken bone.

Other Possible Signs

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Weakness
  • Unnatural movement: the limb may be at an odd angle and have a wider range of movement than it should have
  • Swelling, bruising or a wound around the fracture site
  • Deformity – limbs may be shortened or the broken area could have lumps and bumps or stepping
  • Irregularity: lumps, bumps, depressions, or stretched skin
  • Tenderness – pain at the site of injury
  • Limping, toe-touching or non-weight bearing limbs

‍Important Things to Note on Fractures

If there is severe bleeding associated with the injury (either internal or external bleeding) this can cause the animal to go into shock, which is life-threatening. Do not attempt to reposition the injured limb. Keep your pet warm and dry and be aware that pain and stress will adversely affect their condition. If you are at all worried about your pet, please give Pets4Life Animal Hospital a call to schedule an appointment.


A dislocation occurs when the bone is pulled out of position at a joint and it can be accompanied by other tissue damage. Always go to a veterinarian to replace a dislocated joint. Never try and put it back yourself as you are likely to cause further damage and trap nerves or blood vessels.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Difficulty moving the joint, pain and stiffness
  • Swelling and bruising around the joint
  • They are likely to be asymmetrical, with one joint looking deformed and out of place
  • There could be shortening, bending or twisting of the joint

What to Do

  • Never try and reposition the limb yourself
  • Call Pets4Life Animal Hospital and bring them to our clinic
  • Do not give them anything to eat or drink as they may need a general anesthetics

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