What is a fracture?A fracture occurs when there is a crack or break in the bone.
What causes Fracture?
They're usually caused by a fall or an injury to the bone, but may occasionally be caused by a health condition, such as cancer that weakens the bone.
What are the symptoms of fracture?
Pain at the site of the fracture
Not being able to lift, move, rotate your limb or site of fracture
Not being able to stand or put weight on your leg.
Bruising and swelling.
Injured area leg/arm appears shorter than the other one.
Injured area looks deformed
Unable to use the arm or leg
What should I do if I have symptoms of Fracture?
Consult your healthcare provider immediately.
Your healthcare provider will ask you questions related to your symptoms, performing physical exam.
Based on your condition, they may order Imaging.
Depending on the condition, splint, cast is recommended.
Sometimes you will need surgery at a hospital.How can I prevent fractures?
Reduce the risk of falling by:
Assessing your home for hazards such as loose carpeting, cables, clutter around the house. Address the hazards.
Doing exercises to improve your balance.
Using walking aids such as walking stick, cane, walker.
Adequate lighting around the house.
Grab bars, non-slip shower mat in the bathroom
Taking precautions to avoid slipping and falling on ice and snow, uneven ground, stairs, steps, parking areas, unfamiliar areas.