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Bone Fractures Thank goodness its only a fracture I thought it might be broken People often think that a fracture is less severe than a broken bone but fractures are broken bones To understand why bones break it helps to know what bones do and what they are made of The bones of the body form the human frame or skeleton which supports and protects the softer parts of the body Bones are living tissue They grow rapidly during ones early years and renew themselves when they are broken Bones have a center called the marrow which is softer than the outer part of the bone Bone marrow has cells that develop into red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body and into white blood cells that help fight disease Bones also contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus These minerals are combined in a crystal-like or latticework structure Because of their unique structure bones can bear large amounts of weight Bones are rigid but they do bend or give somewhat when an outside force is applied to them When this force stops bone returns to its original shape For example if you fall forward and land on your outstretched hand theres an impact on the bones and connective tissue of your wrist as you hit the ground The bones of the hand wrist and arm can usually absorb this shock by giving slightly and then returning to their original shape and position If the force is too great however bones will break just as a plastic ruler breaks after being bent too far The severity of a fracture usually depends on the force that caused the fracture If the bones breaking point has been exceeded only slightly then the bone may crack rather than breaking all the way through If the force is extreme such as in an automobile collision or a gunshot the bone may shatter
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