by Robert Leach, MD
A fracture is a break in any bone in the body. Fractures are usually caused by trauma, such as falls, twists, blows, or collisions. There are different kinds of fracture:
Fractures may also be described as:
Fractures are caused by trauma to the bone. Trauma includes:
Trauma is a physical force applied to the bone that the bone cannot withstand. Stronger bones can withstand more physical force than weaker bones.
Risk Factors TOP
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for a fracture include:
Symptoms of a fracture include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and how you injured yourself. The doctor will examine the injured area.
Tests may include:
Devices that can hold a bone in place while it heals include:
Healing and Rehabilitation
Healing time ranges from three weeks for a simple finger fracture to many months for a complicated fracture of a long bone. All fractures require rehabilitation exercises to regain muscle strength and joint motion.
If you are diagnosed with a fracture, follow your doctor's instructions.
You can reduce your chances of getting a fracture:
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Last reviewed September 2012 by John C. Keel, MD
Last Updated: 09/28/2012