A fracture is a break, typically in a bone. Fractures are common, and are usually caused by trauma during falls, car accidents, or sports injuries. Fractures are also common in patients suffering from osteoporosis, which causes weakening of the bones. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called a compound, or open fracture. Closed, or simple fractures, do not puncture the skin. Overuse during sports or other activities can cause stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone.
Following diagnosis of the fracture as a complete or partial break, treatment is focused upon realigning the ends of the bones to help it recover its strength, mobility, and sensitivity fully. Often you will need to wear a cast or splint to keep the bone in place while it heals, but in some cases surgery to insert plates or screws to keep the bone in place is necessary. Treatment varies widely depending on the severity and location of the break. After the limb has been cast and set properly, it is very important to avoid activity or stress to the limb, as it could cause the break not to heal properly.
Seek medical attention immediately for any fracture to prevent further injury or incorrect healing.
Treatment for broken bones is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.
For more information on broken bones, see the following websites:
Medline Plus (NIH) Fractures (Broken Bones) Page
Introduction to Fractures from the Merck Online Medical Library
Understanding Fractures – Basic Information from WebMD
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