Fractures are breaks in the bone that can occur throughout your body. A bone can break in various ways. For example, the bone may break in a straight line, a spiral, or even diagonally. Often, patients will experience associated bruising and swelling.
Causes and Risk Factors
Healthy bones are important. Good nutrition, staying active, and avoiding dangerous situations are the best ways to prevent fractures. Most commonly there are injuries that cause a fracture. In patients over 50, women, some medications, and those with a history of cancer have a higher risk of having weak or brittle bones.
The strength of our bones is important and directly impacts the chances of having a fracture. Some athletes may be more likely to develop stress fractures from activity repetition. Runners are especially susceptible to this type of fracture.