Most fractures occur when a bone suffers trauma, such as hard blow, fall or other injurious event. Bone-weakening diseases may also promote bone fractures without trauma, especially in bones affected by osteoporosis. Symptoms of a possible fractured bone include:
Even if you only suspect you may have a bone fracture, it is essential that you see a doctor for immediate evaluation and treatment. Failing to receive professional help for a bone fracture could lead to a long-term disability — especially if it is a neck, spine or hip fracture.
Your doctor will order x-rays to determine the location and extent of the fracture and possible MRI and/or CT scans. This kind of diagnostic technology provides your doctor with a clear understanding of the fracture pattern, soft tissue damage and other factors that may impact treatment decisions. These tests also help differentiate between pathologic fractures, stress fractures, stable and unstable fractures.
Depending on the fracture site and pattern, a broken bone may take several weeks to months to heal completely. Fractures may require surgery for a variety of reasons, for instance if they are unstable or displaced fractures or involve a long bone of the lower extremity. Also fractures that involve the joint surface often require surgery.
During your recovery, your doctor may recommend specific exercises to encourage restoration of muscle strength and joint flexibility. You can also take other measures to facilitate healing of a bone fracture, such as not smoking, eating a healthy diet, taking calcium supplements and getting plenty of sleep.
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