“LeBron James Suffers Broken Nose,” the headline that had everyone at the edge of their seats wondering, “what now?”300x300_james_140221

The nose, a centrally located projection on the face, there is no wonder that the nose is the most commonly broken bone of the face. Also called a nasal fracture, a broken nose typically occurs from a direct blow, or upward force, applied to the nose. Immediately after this injury you may notice swelling of the nose, difficulty breathing, black eyes, and, of course, pain.

It is important to consult with a physician after an injury to the nose, as a collection of blood (called a “septal hematoma”) can sometimes form on the nasal septum (divides the two nostrils). You should see a physician right away. If you are seen within one to two weeks, it may be possible to repair your nose immediately. If you wait longer than two weeks (one week for children) you will likely need to wait several months before your nose can be surgically straightened and fixed. If left untreated, a broken nose can leave you with an undesirable appearance as well as permanent difficulty in trying to breathe.

20140227_mta_su5_103-44dae9de18e2f5afc9ca6e35e6384f44Your physician will likely recommend an x-ray to help show that the nose is broken, but it can also discover other facial fractures. If your nose is still in its normal position, rest and being cautious not to bump the nose may be the only treatment. If your nose is not in its normal position it may be repaired, or repositioned, in the physician’s office. In more serious cases surgery is a treatment option. This type of surgery is considered reconstructive plastic surgery, as its goal is to restore your appearance to the way it was prior to injury. After surgery an athlete typically wears a protective facemask during activity. This facemask can be worn indefinitely to help prevent recurrent nasal fractures. When wearing the mask you may return to activity within days after initial injury or surgery. Which mask would you choose?


Provided by Primus Sports Medicine Staff