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Fracture treatment

A fracture is a medical term for a broken bone. It occurs when there is a disruption in the continuity of the bone structure, ranging from a hairline crack to a complete break.

A fracture, or broken bone, occurs when there is a disruption in the continuity of the bone structure, ranging from a hairline crack to a complete break. There are various types of fractures, including closed fractures where the bone breaks without penetrating the skin, open fractures where the broken bone pierces the skin, and greenstick fractures common in children where the bone bends and cracks but doesn’t completely break. Fractures can result from trauma, such as falls, car accidents, or sports injuries, and are more common in individuals with conditions like osteoporosis that weaken bones. Symptoms typically include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, visible deformity, and difficulty using the affected limb.

To diagnose a fracture, healthcare professionals conduct a clinical examination, assessing symptoms and inquiring about the circumstances of the injury. Imaging techniques like X-rays, CT scans, or MRI are often used to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the fracture. Treatment involves immobilizing the affected area using splints, casts, or braces, and in severe cases, surgery may be necessary for realignment and stabilization. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed, and rehabilitation, including physical therapy, helps restore strength and function during the recovery process.