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Fractures

Also called: Broken bone

Summary

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are:

• Intense pain

• Deformity – the limb looks out of place

• Swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the injury

• Numbness and tingling

• Problems moving a limb

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.

Diagnosis and Tests

Bone Scan (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish

Bone X-Ray (Radiography)  (American College of Radiology; Radiological Society of North America) Also in Spanish

Prevention and Risk Factors

Bone Mass Measurement: What the Numbers Mean  (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Comparing Osteoporosis Drugs: The Bisphosphonates(Consumer Reports) – PDF

Once Is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Future Fractures  (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

Preventing Falls and Related Fractures  (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) – PDF

Treatments and Therapies

Fractures (Broken Bones): First Aid (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish

Living With

Mobility Aids: MedlinePlus Health Topic  (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish

Recovering from Falls (Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation)

Specifics

Avulsion Fracture: How Is It Treated? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish

Stress Fractures (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish

Images

Bone fracture repair – slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish

Creating a sling – slideshow (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish

Clinical Trials

ClinicalTrials.gov: Fractures, Bone  (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles

References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Article: Fracture risk assessment in diabetes mellitus.

Article: Nursing Method of Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and Fracture…

Article: Three-dimensional mapping of cortical porosity and thickness along the superolateral femoral…

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Find an Expert

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  Also in Spanish

Children

Broken Bones (For Kids) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish

Broken Bones (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)

Cast Care: Do’s and Don’ts (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish

Casts (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish

Greenstick Fractures (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Growth Plate Injuries  (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish

Teenagers

What to Expect When Your Cast Comes Off (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish

Older Adults

Falls and Fractures in Older Adults: Causes and Prevention  (National Institute on Aging) Also in Spanish

Patient Handouts

Broken bone (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish

Closed reduction of a fractured bone (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish

Closed reduction of a fractured bone – aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish

The information on this site should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.

Original Article – https://medlineplus.gov/fractures.html

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