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Fractures

Doctor helping a patient with a fractured leg

A fracture is a medical condition that occurs when one or more bones in the body break or crack. This type of injury can occur due to a variety of reasons, including falls, direct blows to the bone, and overuse injuries.

Symptoms of a Fracture

The symptoms of a fracture may include:

  1. Pain: Severe pain at the site of the injury is the most common symptom of a fracture.

  2. Swelling: The affected area may become swollen and tender to the touch.

  3. Bruising: Bruising may occur around the site of the fracture.

  4. Deformity: In some cases, the affected area may appear deformed or bent.

  5. Difficulty moving the affected area: Pain and swelling may make it difficult for you to move the affected area.

Diagnosis and Treatment of a Fracture

Diagnosis of a fracture typically involves a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans.

Treatment for a fracture may include:

  1. Cast or splint: In some cases, a cast or splint may be used to immobilize the affected area and allow the bone to heal.

  2. Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or to stabilize the fracture with pins, plates, or screws.

  3. Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength and mobility to the affected area.

Recovering from a Fracture

Recovering from a fracture can take several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the fracture and the treatment that is required. It is important to follow the recommendations of your healthcare provider, including wearing a cast or splint as directed and participating in physical therapy to help speed the healing process.

Living with a Fracture

Living with a fracture can be challenging, but with proper care and management, most people are able to recover and regain full use of the affected area. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that is right for you and to follow through with the recommended treatment to help ensure a successful recovery.