The nurse is assessing a patient that fell from a ladder. To help assess for the presence of a fracture, the nurse asks the patient if the pain:

Is sharp and continuous.

Explanation

• Fractured bones usually cause pain that is sharp and continuous

• Pain from overstretching results in a muscle strain

• Dull, deep aches are most descriptive of non-fracture related bone pain.

• Cramping pain is most often from muscle injury

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