Symptoms of a fracture

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If you will exert too much pressure on a bone, more than the threshold pressure which it can tolerate, it will break. This is usually termed as bone fracture and is a very painful thing. Fractures are considered as a major form of injury. However, whether a person can recover from them depends on a number of things including age, type of fracture, which bone is cracked and many other things like this. There are a number of people who want to know the cause of bone fracture. Well, chemically the composition of our bone is such that it is totally rigid and when a force is applied on it, instead of bending, it will break. There are a number of things which can contribute to the weakness of our bones. The deficiency of calcium is one of those things which contribute mainly to this. This article is about the different symptoms which should make you know whether there is a fracture in your body or not.

To start with, we shall discuss the two important forms of fractures. The first type of fracture is that one in which broken bone can be seen by the deformity of skin. Identifying this type of fracture is not a difficult thing at all. It is the second type which is difficult to identify. In the second type of fracture, the outer layer of skin is unchanged. Following are some of the symptoms of bone fracture.

Swelling and pain
This is the first most important symptom of a bone fracture and is the easiest one as well to pin point. If you are feeling a pain in some part of your body and there is a bone underneath then this can be an indication of bone fracture. Usually swelling is also caused along with a pain and if this is a case, you should definitely consider visiting a doctor.

Bruising occurs when some arteries or veins underneath the skin collapse causing blood to flow out of that portion below the skin. Bruising occurs when an excessive pressure is applied on the skin from above it or from inside by the fragments of a bone which is fractured. That is why, if without a reasons, a bruise has appeared on some part of your skin, again this can be a possibility of a fracture.

Losing the ability to use limb
If a bone is fractured in a limb of your body, there are a lot of chances that using that limb will become almost impossible for you. If not impossible, using it will become too much painful. Both of these indicate that something bad has happened with your bone. The best thing to do is to not put extra pressure on it and report to a doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, deformity is also accompanied with bone fracture. These are all some of the symptoms which can notify you of the possibility of a bone fracture. These should be kept in mind in this regard.

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