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is there a difference between a broken and a fractured bone?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
No: They are one and the same!
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
No difference: Fractured bone is the "medical" term for a broken bone.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a cracked bone and a fractured bone?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
None.: A cracked bone is a fractured bone. A cracked bone simply describes a fracture that is probably less severe (e.g. A "hairline" fracture).
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the bulging deposit that forms around the area of the break during the healing of a fractured bone?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
A callus: The bone with a fracture heals with a callus. That is the bodies attempt to create an internal cast. This is strong enough to allow a broken bone to be out of a cast. This usually takes six weeks in the arms and longer in the legs.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When will you know if your fractured bone has healed?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
X-ray: You need an x-ray to determine fracture healing. See an orthopedic surgeon.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for somebody to not know that they have a fractured bone?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Yes: A stress fracture may go undetected if there is minimal swelling around the bone -periosteum.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long will a fractured bone take to heal?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Fracture: The general response is 6 weeks. But it depends upon the personality of the fracture. Some bones are displaced, have poor blood supply, have multiple pieces, may be in immunocompromised hosts. Some don't heal & are called nonunions.

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