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Camden Burns, MD - Trauma FellowJeffery C. Martin, DO - Trauma Fellow
A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture occurs, it’s classified as either open or closed:
Fractures have a variety of names. Here is a listing of the common types that may occur:
Fractures most often happen when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can take. Bones are weakest when they are twisted.
Bone fractures can be caused by falls, trauma, or as a result of a direct blow or kick to the body.
Overuse or repetitive motions can tire muscles and put more pressure on the bone, causing a stress fractures. This is more common in athletes.
Fractures can also be caused by diseases that weaken the bone, such as osteoporosis or cancer in the bones.
The following are the most common symptoms of a fracture. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms of a broken or fractured bone may include:
The symptoms of a broken bone may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always see a doctor for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history (including asking how the injury occurred) and physical exam, tests used for a fracture may include the following:
The goal of treatment is to put the pieces of bone back in place, control the pain, give the bone time to heal, prevent complications, and restore normal use of the fractured area.
Treatment may include: