A fracture is a crack or a break in the continuity of a bone. Most bone fractures are caused by a high stress or traumatic event, such as a car accident or a fall from a height. Bone fractures can also be caused by certain medical conditions that weaken the bone. These include osteoporosis and certain types of bone cancers. Most bone fractures heal in a period of 6-8 weeks; however, healing time can vary depending on the patient’s general health and the type of bone fracture. Most simple fractures are treated with casting, splinting, and bracing. However, some fractures that are displaced require surgical repair to place the broken pieces back in the right position using surgical pins, screws, rods, and/or plates.

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