Learn about the causes of Fractures & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Fractures within New Zealand.
Fractures occur when a bone is cracked or splintered, usually as a result of physical trauma. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited motion of the broken bone.
A broken bone or cracked bone is known as a fracture and can occur anywhere in the body. Bones can fracture in a variety of ways. A simple fracture is a clean break that doesn't penetrate the skin or damage surrounding tissue while a compound fracture breaks the skin and damages the soft tissue around the bone.
A healthy bone is able to withstand strong forces but when those forces become to much a bone can fracture. Typically, fractures are as a result of physical trauma from a fall or blow.
The developing body of a child is often prone to fractures because the bones are still soft and the child is more likely to fall and hurt themselves. As the body ages, bones get weaker and elderly people lose mobility which leads to falls that result in fractures (especially to the forearms and hips).
A bone weakened by disease, such as osteoporosis, or an infection, cyst or tumour can cause a pathological fracture. Stress fractures result from repetitive stress and strain from sports or workplace activity.
Symptoms can depend on the type and severity of the fracture but generally include:
When a fracture occurs the person may also feel faint, nauseous or look pale.
If you suspect a fracture then it is important to seek medical help immediately. A diagnosis will be made by physical examination and X-ray. It may also be necessary to have an MRI or CT scan if the fracture requires closer inspection.