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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

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    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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