A fracture is a break in any bone. A fracture can range from a tiny hairline crack, to a bone break that has broken through the skin ( called an open fracture) . In many cases, fractures cause pain, throbbing, and swelling. An x-ray can confirm the fractured bone. Most can be treated with a splint or cast. Sometimes a displaced fracture needs to be set or repositioned into better alignment. Occaisonally, a fracture is so unstable, it must be fixed with some kind of hardware, usually pins or screws.
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