Nobody likes to get injured, but plenty of people have spent time contemplating the most painful types of injuries. Like the urge to poke at a bruise, pain can be an enthralling subject What really are the most painful injuries you can experience—the most searing, white-hot wounds your body can suffer?
There's no part of the body that's safe. From shoulder dislocations to broken tailbones to compound fractures, these injuries don't discriminate. If you're engaged in extreme sports or just strolling down the street, they can still come and bite you in the you-know-what.
Tibial Compound Fracture
Often described as one of the most common bones to break, the tibia (aka the shinbone) is one of the most vulnerable places in your body. It takes a significant amount of force to break this bone, which is why people come in with this injury often as a result of traffic collisions.
Any broken bone is going to hurt, but a tibial compound fracture amplifies that pain in some gruesome ways. Due to the amount of force it takes to break the tibia, its common for the fractured bone to tear through muscle and break the skin. There's also a stomach-churning aspect to seeing a piece of bone sticking out where it shouldn't. In the most extreme cases, the tibia may fracture in two separate places, which comes with an even longer, more difficult recovery.
While there isn't an actual bone that can be broken in the male genitalia, it is possible to suffer a penile fracture, and it is profoundly painful. The "fracture" is a breakage or rupture in one or both of the tunica albuginea, the tough connective tissue that surrounds the penile shaft. This injury stems from blunt force trauma to an erect member, which can happen during sex or aggressive masturbation. The pain can be terrible, and any delay in treatment can result in deformities, erectile dysfunction, and damage to the urethra and blood vessels.
As such a common injury from car crashes or sports, broken ribs might not seem too severe. In actuality, they can be truly dangerous and painful injuries. A cracked rib doesn't feel good, but a truly broken or shattered rib can be a nightmare. Broken ribs move with every breath, so the very act of breathing agitates the injury. On top of that, the motion can push the sharp bone fragments into surrounding lung and muscle tissue. So, you have to deal with broken bones and tissue damage that gets worse every time you gasp for air.
Those inflicted with this type of injury don't like to hear this, but physicians often have no other option but to wait these breaks out. There's no way to set a broken rib like you could an arm or leg, so if you've got a broken rib, your best option is to just let it heal on its own over a few months.
Elbow dislocations are one of the more visually disturbing of all injuries. Your arm just isn't supposed to look that way. These injuries usually occur when the forearm bones—the radius and ulna—are jerked out of place from the humerus, often by a hyperextension. These dislocations commonly damage ligaments, blood vessels, and even nerves that control movement and feeling in the hand. There's a specific case of dislocation called "Nursemaid's elbow," which is often diagnosed in young children whose arms have been yanked too hard.