What are fractures?

Fractures . Bone is a living tissue, made up of cells that produce a hard, crystalline compound of mineral salts, mainly calcium phosphate. This gives the bone its strength and hardness. Increasing amounts of these minerals are deposited in bone during childhood and puberty, progressively increasing the density of bone. Maximum bone density is reached in a person's 30's.

A broken bone is known as a fracture. This can be a crack, buckle or crumple in the structure of the bone, or a complete break, producing two or more fragments. Bone has tough structure and is normally able to tolerate strong forces, but bones can be fractured if they suffer direct impact or if they are exposed to strong twisting or bending. This can happen as a result of a fall or collision. Bone also has a blood and nerve supply. This explains why fractured bones are painful, and result in bleeding and subsequent bruising.

Elderly people are at increased risk of fractures because they tend to be more prone to falls and have reduced bone strength. Children are also more likely to have falls and accidents, which can result in a fracture, partly because they are less aware of hazards.
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What is fractured spine vs back? What all breaks?

Same thing sort of. The spine refers to the bones that go from the skull to the end of the spine called the coccyx (tailbone), so a fractured spine is actually a fractured/broken back. The location is important as some back fractures are worse and more dangerous than others. The body of the bone can break (compression fracture) or the spinous process or "wings" to the side of these bones can break, or the connections. Read more...

What does fracture mean?

Broken bone . A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. This is defined as a disruption in the natural structure of the bone as a result of an acute injury, repetitive overloading or pathologic weakness of the bone. Read more...

Please describe what epiphyseal fracture is?

Fracture at bone end. Long bones are divided into three areas. The shaft is called the diaphysis. The end is called the epiphysis and the transitional zone between these two is called the metaphysis. The epiphysis is where the growth plate is located in kids and is a common place for fractures. In adults, an epiphyseal fracture involves the joint surface. These fractures usually require treatment. Read more...

What's boxer's fracture treatment?

Splint and follow up. Most of these fracture are treated by means of reduction and application of splint, few will require surgery. Read more...

What would a fractured tailbone feel like?

Pain. You generally will feel pain when sitting for prolonged periods of time or straining during a bowel movement. Read more...

What to a fractured scaphoid? How many don't heal up normally?

It depend. Were the fracture located the more toward the wrist area the worse prognosis. The chance the fracture in the proximal (toward the wrist joint) about 50%. Read more...
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What does stress fractures feel like?

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What is smiths fracture?

A "Reverse" wrist Fx. The typical wrist fracture is caused by falling on your palm. This is called a colles' fracture. The fractured bone is pushed "up". When you fall on the back of your hand, that causes a smith's fracture. The fractured bone is pushed "down", or towards your palm side of your wrist. Both heal in about the same amount of time are treated with splints, casts, and surgery. Read more...