Fractures

What is a fracture?

“Fracture” is an orthopaedic term which defines the damage caused to a bone when it breaks. A fracture can suggest that a bone has a minor crack or it may have broken completely. There are different types of fractures and different ways in which a bone can get fractured. A fracture is usually caused due to the insertion of inappropriate amount of force on a limb or joint, generally from a fall or impact of some sort.

What can cause a fracture?

Many things can cause a fracture. A fall, an injury, exertion of too much force can easily cause a fracture. According to the nature of the fracture, the treatment is performed. If a person suspects that he/she has fractured a bone, the doctor will generally suggest an X-ray. The X-ray determines the nature of the fracture and then the treatment is decided accordingly. Treatment of a fracture depends on the nature and location of the break.

External treatments include the orthopaedist ensuring that the site of the fracture is secured with fastenings so that there is no movement and the bone stays in place. This is done through plasters, screws, pins, metal stabilizers etc. depending on the nature of the fracture. Internally, the bones are repositioned and rods may be inserted, depending on the condition and the location.

 

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