What is a broken bone?
Although bones are extremely tough, they will split or break when they endure more pressure than they can stand. When any bone breaks, it is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it’s known as an open fracture or a compound fracture. A hairline crack in the bone that results from repeated forces against the bone is called a stress fracture.
Causes of a broken bone
So first, let’s determine what causes a bone to break. The main causes of broken bones are:
- Falling from a height
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Direct blow
- Repetitive forces, often causes by running
How is a broken bone treated?
A doctor will carefully examine the injury and determine the best type of treatment. The most common treatment for a fracture is cast immobilization, which will allow the broken bones to heal. In some cases, metal pins or screws need to be placed into the broken bone.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care, where we offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.