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Health Information For Teens
A broken bone, also called a
, is when a break goes through part or all of a bone.
Common causes of broken bones in teens include falls, accidents, and sports mishaps.
Types of bone fractures include:
Kids’ bones are more likely to bend than break completely because they’re softer. Fracture types that are more common in kids include:
The signs of a fracture depend on the type of break an the bone affected. It always hurts to break a bone. There also might be swelling and bruising. The injured area may be hard to move and use.
Sometimes there’s a deformity — this means that the body part looks crooked or different than it did before the injury.
Doctors order X-rays if they think a bone is broken. An X-ray usually can show if there is a break, where it is, and the type of break.
Doctors treat most broken bones with a cast, splint, or brace. This keeps the broken bone from moving while it heals. Even broken bones that don’t line up (called displaced) often will heal straight over time.
Sometimes the displaced bones are put back in place before the cast, splint, or brace is put on. This is done through a procedure called a reduction. This is also called “setting the bone.”
The two types of reductions are:
In the first few days after a fracture, the body forms a blood clot (or
) around the broken bone. This protects the bone and delivers the cells needed for healing.
Then, an area of healing tissue forms around the broken bone. This is called a
. It joins the broken bones together. It’s soft at first, then gets harder and stronger over the following weeks.
New bone forms in the weeks to months after a break, but full healing can take longer.
As you recover from a broken bone, make sure to:
Broken bones are a pretty common injury. With the right treatment, a broken bone usually heals well. Follow your health care provider’s recommendations, and soon you’ll be back to all the activities you did before the injury.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
You probably can’t waitÂ toÂ get back to your normal activities, but it takes a while for a limb that’s been in a cast to finish healing. Here’s what to expect.
A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture.
A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here’s what to do.
A broken collarbone is one of the most common types of broken bones. Find out how it can happen – and how to treat and avoid fractures.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
Your parents were right to make you drink milk when you were little. It’s loaded with calcium, a mineral vital for building strong bones and teeth.
Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.
A buckle or torus fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of the bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone. Teens don’t usually get this type of fracture.
A comminuted fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.
A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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