Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls or sports injuries . Another cause is osteoporosis , which causes weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone. Symptoms of a fracture are Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint Swelling, bruising or bleeding Intense pain Numbness and tingling Limited mobility or inability to move a limb You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.