Fractures, commonly called broken bones, occur as a result of trauma or injury. They are especially common in aging communities where osteoporosis has weakened bones. They also occur in patients of all ages who have endured accidents, including sports injuries.
Depending on the type of fracture and your specific situation, treatment may simply require immobilizing the joint until it can heal, or surgery may be required. Some fractures are treated with the use of screws, plates or other stabilizing devices to hold the bone in place until it is healed.
With proper care, bone fractures can heal without incident. However, it is important that the fracture be diagnosed and treated appropriately to allow for proper healing. Physical therapy is also a crucial step of restoring strength and mobility to the area, especially when joints or soft tissues were involved in the fracture.
Fractures can occur at any time as a result of severe trauma. Car accidents and sports injuries are two common causes of fractures. In aging populations, falling can also commonly lead to bone fractures due to the weakening of bone from osteoporosis.
You may be at special risk for bone fractures if you have weakened bones and joints due to osteoporosis or arthritis. Other risk factors include an active lifestyle, poor form while exercising, high-risk outdoor activities, and over-exertion.
Bone fractures can fall into several classifications, including:
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