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Understanding Bone Fractures -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Bone?

Signs and symptoms of a broken bone include:

  • Swelling or bruising over a bone.
  • Deformity of an arm or leg.
  • Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied.
  • Loss of function in the injured area.
  • In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin.

Fractures are usually caused by a fall, blow, or other traumatic event. 

Understanding Bone Fractures

Find out more about bone fractures:

Basics

Symptoms

Diagnosis and Treatment

Prevention

Pathologic fractures are those caused by disease (such as cancer) that weakens the bones and can occur with little or no trauma. Osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones thin and lose strength as they age, causes 1.5 million fractures each year in the U.S. -- especially in the hip, wrist, and spine.

 

Call Your Doctor About a Broken Bone If:

You think that you or someone you're with may have fractured a bone. This is a medical emergency.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 21, 2012

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