Bone fractures are a common injury caused by a hard impact or fall. Symptoms of a fracture include intense pain, swelling, and tenderness at the site of the injury. Depending on the severity of the fracture, it can also result in deformity, discoloration, and misalignment of the affected limb. Causes of fractures can vary, but are typically caused by trauma, such as a car accident, sporting injury, or a fall.
Diagnosis of a fracture typically involves an X-ray to accurately assess the severity of the fracture and determine the best course of action. Treatment for a fracture depends on the type, location, and severity of the fracture. Treatment typically involves immobilizing the area with a cast or brace and administering pain medication to reduce pain and swelling. In some cases, surgery may be required to realign bones so they can heal correctly. Rehabilitation may also be required to restore strength and flexibility to the affected area.