Complications associated with musculoskeletal injury may be early or delayed, and may occur minutes, days, weeks, or even months later. Neurologic Deficit
Neurologic injury resulting from long-bone fractures or joint dislocations is usually due to traction or pressure on a peripheral nerve or a nerve plexus. Such complications usually manifest themselves early. Recovery may take hours, days, or weeks. Sometimes they are irreversible. Prompt reduction of deformity can often prevent, eliminate, or mitigate the effects of neurologic involvement, but is not a guarantee against permanent deficit.
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