Bones are usually very durable and can absorb significant pressure. Once the force applied to a bone is greater that what the bone can withstand the bone will break, or fracture. A fracture is when the continuity of a bone is altered. Fractures are common, as the average person will suffer two fractures in their lifetime.
Fractures have causes as varied as, car accidents, falls, sports, disease, cancer, osteoporosis, tumors, or trauma. A fracture caused by a medical condition is referred to as a pathological fracture. These types of fractures are more common in older adults. Age is one of the most common factors that impact the risk of injuries. Children have more elastic and “green” bones that tend to reset easier than adult bones. Other factors are nutrition and health. More active children and adults tend to have stronger bones.
- Pain, often excruciating
- Bones visibly out of place
- Inability to place weight on injured part
- Decreased range of motion
- An internal grating sensation.
If you do experience a fracture you should immediately seek medical help. If treated properly a broken bone will naturally heal. Usually, the best treatment for a broken bone is to reposition the fractured bone into the original place and then immobilize the bone and the surrounding area or appendage. Once the fracture has been immobilized, it can take 2-8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture. Some fractures require a plaster cast while other locations may only require a wrap and tape, such as fingers and toes. If you suspect a fracture, please visit Urgent Specialists or another trained professional to be treated immediately. Some fractures require surgical fixation due to severity and location.