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Fracture

Introduction to Fracture

Fracture is a term used to describe breaking of bones. Since bones are rigid, they break on the application of excessive force. The greater the force the greater the damage caused.

Written by Doctify Team 27/04/2020

What is a Fracture?

Fracture is a term used to describe breaking of bones. Since bones are rigid, they break on the application of excessive force. The greater the force the greater the damage caused. If a bones breaking point is not exceeded by the force then a bone may only crack. However, severe force may cause the bone to shatter. A serious type of fracture is when the wound goes down to the bone and pieces of the bone appear through the skin. Such fractures are called open fractures.

What causes a Fracture?

Fractures occurrence may be caused by trauma which is the excessive application of force on the bones during an accident or by Osteoporosis which is a condition of weak bones making them more likely to break or by overuse of bones causing stress fracture for example in athletes.

What are the symptoms of a Fracture?

Fractures prevent the movement of the affected area and cause severe pain. Some other symptoms include: Swelling and tenderness at the affected area, appearance of a bruise, deformity such as a bone appearing through the skin.

How is a Fracture treated?

Treatment involves putting back together broken pieces of the bone and preventing their movement until they are healed. This process is called reduction. Sometimes a surgery may be required in the case of severe fractures.

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