What are Fractures?

Most human bones are fairly strong and can withstand the impact of heavy blows or sudden falls. Sometimes, a high force impact or a nasty fall can break or even crack a bone. This is called a fracture. Fractures can occur in any bone in the body. Fractures which occur in the limbs are different from those that occur in the skull, ribs or the backbone. Fractures occurring in the backbone have their own methods of treatment. Though most fractures can be detected by a physical examination, doctors use X-rays and scans to confirm their diagnosis. Fractures may take several weeks to heal and once they are healed, usually require a specific exercises and a gradual increase in the use of the affected limb.