A break in the bone most commonly caused by a fall is known as a bone fracture. The severity and location of the bone fracture can vary. Broadly, a fracture can be a complete fracture (bone is broken all through the way), incomplete fracture (bone is cracked) and open or compound fracture (fractured bone sticks out through the skin).
- Physical injury or accidental fall
- Weakened bones due to medical conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia
- Increasing age
- Tumors in the bone or bone marrow
- Pain, swelling or tenderness
- Paleness and deformity
- Bleeding or bruising at the site
- Unable to bear own body weight
- Numbness, tingling or paralysis
- In case of a fracture, you may experience severe and intolerable pain. It is best recommended to see a doctor without a delay as it can complicate the condition
- Your doctor will examine you physically and inspect the affected areas for swelling, tenderness and deformity.
- The doctor may suggest certain radiological tests such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to check for a bone fracture.
- Depending on the type and location of the fracture, the treatment for a broken bone may vary.
- Your doctor may recommend a splint therapy, medication to relieve pain and surgical procedure to fix the broken bone.
- You may be recommended to get a plaster (solid support) for a few weeks to allow the rejoining of the broken bone.
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