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What causes a broken bone?
When a bone has an outside force exerted upon it, like a blow or a fall,
there is potential that it cannot withstand the amount of force and it
breaks. That loss of integrity results in a fracture. It is important to
remember that a fracture, break, or crack all describe the same situation, an
injury to the bone where it has been damaged. One term is not more serious than
another. Fracture, break, and crack all mean the same thing.
Depending upon the situation, the amount of force required may not be very
great. People with osteoporosis, the bones
lack calcium and are brittle, a minor injury or even gravity may create enough of a
force to cause a vertebral compression fracture of the back or a hip fracture.