Fractures can range from a hairline crack in the bone to the bone
being broken into two or more pieces that no longer line up correctly. A
fracture may occur at the same time as other injuries, such as sprains,
strains, or dislocations.
Signs and symptoms of a fracture may include:
A pop or snap felt or heard at the time of the
Pain that increases with movement or when pressure is
applied to the area.
Swelling and bruising in the injured
Limited movement in the injured area.
A bend or
movement in a bone where there is no joint (for example, a bend in the arm
between the elbow and wrist).
Bone poking through the skin or
visible in the wound.
A fracture and other injuries that often occur at the same time
require medical attention. A health professional may set, cast, or splint a
broken bone to help the bone heal. Some fractures may require surgery.
Recovery time for a fracture can vary from weeks to months
depending on a person's age and health; the type, location and severity of the
fracture; and whether there are other injuries that may make treatment more
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma