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What is a Broken Bone?

A broken bone is a disruption of the natural architecture of the bone’s structure. They can occur in any bone in the body and can be small to very large. Medical experts often refer to them as “fractures”, and there are multiple ways to classify them based on their location and shape. A broken bone can be mildly to severely painful and some need surgery to repair while others can mend with a cast or splint.

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They are usually a result of trauma ( fall, motor vehicle accident, collision during sports, etc) but some can be a result of a medical condition like osteoporosis or cancer.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Bone?

  • Inability to use or move the affected body part
  • Pain, swelling, or redness
  • Deformity in the shape of the injured body part
  • Bones can sometimes protrude through the skin in compound fractures

How are Broken Bones Diagnosed?

Broken bones are diagnosed by a doctor by taking a history, examination, and imaging. The doctor will usually order an X-ray to help identity the fracture, but sometimes advanced imaging is needed depending upon the type and location of the suspected fracture. MRI, Ultra Sound, CT, and Nuclear Imaging Bone Scans techniques are sometimes needed to make the diagnosis. your Urgent Care doctor will help decide what is best for your particular injury or medical concern.

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How are Broken Bones Treated?

Most fractures are treated with fiberglass or plaster casting forms that help keep the bone stable and in place so that maximum healing can occur. Other types of breaks, especially those in joints, often need surgical correction and fixation to achieve healing and a return to full function. Most broken bones will take 4-6 weeks to fully heal and some types require physical therapy after the cast comes off to help the limb return to full range of motion.

How to Prevent Broken Bones?

  • Wear non-slip soles and avoid slippery surfaces
  • Eat a calcium rich diet
  • Keep dark areas lighted
  • Avoid walking on wood floors with just socks
  • Work on balance exercises
  • Stay fit and limber

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