by Robert Leach, MD
A fracture is a break in any bone in the body. 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
Factors that increase the risk of 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.
Images may be taken of your bodily structures. This can be done with:
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.
You can reduce your chances of getting a fracture:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed September 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 9/30/2013