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Take the Stress Out of Fractures

September 17, 2018
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A fracture is a broken bone. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractures in a number of ways: crosswise, lengthwise, or in multiple pieces.  


Stress-Free Fracture Prevention

  • A diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D promotes bone strength, which includes dairy products, green vegetables, salmon, and some fortified foods. Visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for a complete list of foods and daily requirements.
  • Weight-bearing exercises help keep bones strong, such as walking, hiking, dancing, aerobics, and tennis.
  • Resistance training with free weights strengthens major muscle groups.
  • Flexibility and balance exercises like tai chi and yoga improve balance and help to avoid falls.
  • Consult with the DOC physical therapist or an athletic trainer to create a personalized bone-building diet and exercise program.


Causes of Fractures

  • Trauma from a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a sports injury
  • Weakened bones from osteoporosis
  • Overuse or repetitive motion stress fracture


Symptoms of a Fracture

  • Pain
  • Unable to move the injured area
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Deformity


Examination for Fractures

The DOC orthopedic surgeon or PA will carefully examine the injured area and confirm the diagnosis with X-rays, which provide clear images of bone. A plaster or fiberglass cast is the most common type of fracture treatment. Most broken bones heal successfully once they have been repositioned and a cast keeps the broken ends in the proper position to heal.  

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National Osteoporosis Foundation


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