Fractures

Fractures

A fracture is a break or crack, typically in the bone. Fractures are generally caused by an injury that cracks the bone, but stress fractures are caused by overuse or repetitive movement. While bones are sturdy, they still bend when excessive force is applied, but if the force is too strong, the bones could break. 

If you are experiencing extreme pain in your hips, wrists, or ankles, there is a chance that you fracture in this area. However, there are other sources that will cause similar symptoms so it is important to consult with a doctor before. 

Types of Fractures

There are various types of fractures that can occur from injuries. Some of the common fractures include:

  • Open fracture: This type of fracture is serious because the skin is open, meaning that the wound and the bone can become infected. 
  • Transverse fracture: A fracture with a horizontal fracture line.
  •  Stable fracture: A fracture where the bone is broken clean. 
  • Comminuted fracture: A fracture where the bone breaks into three or more pieces.

There are other types of fractures more specific to the part of the body affected. If you suspect that you might have fractured a bone, reach out to our healthcare professionals at BEST Health System to see what options are available to you.

Causes

Fractures are typically caused by an injury where there is an extreme force applied to a bone. In some cases, smaller fractures can occur if an individual repeats certain actions. The following can lead to fractures:

  • Trauma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse

Treatment

Sometimes, a minor fracture that does not involve displacement or misalignment in younger and healthy patients can be treated without the need for hip surgery. Patients will be ordered to rest, use crutches, or take over-the-counter pain medicine. After the injury heals, physical therapy and rehabilitation can help strengthen and increase the range of motion in the affected area. 


For most patients dealing with a fracture, surgeons will recommend surgery. The surgeries will be completely different based on the affected body part. If you are interested in learning more about surgical options available for your fracture specifically, contact the professionals at BEST Health System. 

Symptoms

When an individual fractures a bone, there is a wide range of symptoms they may experience. Some may include: 

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Deformities

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