Fractures are breaks in bones. They are caused by trauma or overuse. This entry reviews the basic types of fractures, fracture healing, fracture treatment methods, and general outcomes.

Fracture Types

Fractures are described by their location, the degree of displacement, and whether or not the bone has broken through the skin. In lay terms, it is sometimes assumed that a break is more serious than a fracture; to a physician, both refer to the same thing. A fracture that is incomplete or not fully through the bone may be ...

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