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Understanding Bone Fractures

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:



Diagnosis and Treatment


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 Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 16, 2015
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