A fracture and a broken bone actually mean the same thing. Common types of fractures or broken bones, as well as basic fracture treatment issues are discussed here. Look through this article for more broken bone information.
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Ive learned that, although there is a common misconception that broken bones are worse than fractures, The two terms have no differences. By definition they are literally the exact same thing. In fact the two words are synonymous. Although certain breaks or fractures are ranked on a different level based on severity, the two terms do not differentiate regardless of severity. Broken and fractured bones are the most common injury, nearly 6.8 million cases appear in american emergency rooms every year. There are two contributing factors as to why fractures and broken bones happen. The main contributor is because a specfic area of the bone cannot handle the amount of stress being placed on it, causing it to pop and snap as a result. The amount of force that is required to break a bone can vary greatly, it can be a tremendous amount of effort, known as an acute high energy fracture, such as what would happen in a car crash. Or it could simply just be a matter of the way you were positioned upon landing, known as a chronic, low energy break, or stress fracture. The second factor is simply just the strength of your bone, if you have weak bones it may be because you suffer from osteoporosis. People with weak bones or osteoporosis have a much higher chance of breaking their bones. Contrary to popular belief drinking milk will not help decrease your chances of breaking a bone.
Signs and symptoms
If youve broken or fractured your bone it should become fairly apparent as soon as it has happened. Especially if it is a compound fracture. A compound fracture is what occurs when the force of the break is strong enough to actually push your bone out through the skin to the point where the bone is clearly visible. If you can see your bone sticking out of your skin, its pretty safe to assume you have broken your bone and should seek medical attention. Other signs or symptoms may include the following.
A snapping or grinding noise during an injury, fall, collision, etc.
Swelling, bruising and tenderness of the injured area
The injured body part is difficult to move or hurts when moved, touched, or bearing weight
The injured part looks deformed.
Bones are tough and very resilient, however if they are pushed past their breaking point, a fracture or break may become apparent. However common sense and following the proper safety precautions should help to avoid breaking bones, regardless accidents happen.
Fun facts and statistics.
Extremity fractures are most common, and usually occur in men younger than age 45, and then become more common in women over age 45. The most common fracture prior to age 75 is a wrist fracture. In those over age 75, hip fractures become the most common broken bone.