Is a fracture a break？Many people want to know what is the difference between a fracture and a break?
Actually A bone fracture is a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone. A bone fracture can be the result of high force impact or stress, or trivial injury as a result of certain medical conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis, bone cancer, or osteogenesis imperfecta, where the fracture is then properly termed a pathologic fracture.
Although broken bone and bone break are common colloquialisms for a bone fracture, break is not a formal orthopedic term.
A broken bone or fracture is of course painful but it can also lead to serious medical complications and incapacitation of the patient. There are two types of bone fractures – simple and compound – and they both require immediate attention.
A simple fracture involves a cracking or breaking of the bone and a compound fracture is a more serious break and the bone has pierced the skin around the fracture. With a compound fracture, the open wound can become contaminated and infection is possible.
Most medical experts note that it takes about 6 to 9 months for a bone to completely heal. In spite of new advances in mobility, this is a long time for a patient to deal with this inconvenience. Some physicians, nutritionists and holistic medical practitioners feel that this healing process can be enhanced and thereby sped up.
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