A fracture (broken bone) is a common injury caused when a force exerted on a bone causes it to break. A closed fractures occurs when the broken bone does not puncture the skin. If it does protrude through the skin, it is called an open fracture. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about bone fractures, what fractures look like, how to treat fractures, and much more.
Why do we have bones?
How to Diagnose a Compression Fracture
Your back pain may be a spinal compression fracture. Here's how you can find out.
How to Prevent Spinal Compression Fractures
To help prevent spinal compression fractures, build stronger bones. Learn more about osteoporosis, nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D, and exercise.
Symptoms of Spinal Compression Fractures
The signs and symptoms of spinal compression fractures can come on gradually and vary from person to person. Learn what to look for -- especially if you're a woman with osteoporosis.
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Mateen Cleaves, Point Guard for the Michigan State Spartans
A stress fracture occurs when bone begins to break down.
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Strains, Sprains and Other Sports Injuries: 3 Questions
WebMD answers three questions about the causes of strains, sprains and other sports injuries -- such as runner’s knee and tennis elbow -- and how to treat them.
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Super Foods for Your Bones
Some of the foods that are good for your bones might surprise you. Greens? Figs? Salmon? Dig in!
The Truth About Vitamin D’s Health Benefits
Learn more about what vitamin D does and how much you need.
A Visual Guide to Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that can lead to painful bone fractures. Learn who gets osteoporosis, how to tell if you have it, how to prevent it, and effective treatment options.
Slideshow: Tips to Avoid Falls and Fractures
Are you worried about fractures and osteoporosis? See these tips to avoid slipping and falling at home and when you're out.