Sports Health Conditions: Fractures

Fractures of the bones, or broken bones, can occur in the collarbone (clavicle), hand, forearm, leg (fractured fibula), ankle (fractured tibia) and more.

Signs of a break include sudden, extreme pain and, in severe cases, bone sticking out at the skin’s surface.

Broken bones can range from a hairline fracture to a complete separation into two or more pieces. Fractures can occur along with other injuries like strains, sprains and dislocations.

Recovery time can range from a few weeks to many months depending on the location, severity and type of fracture. Recovery also depends on the age and condition of the athlete and whether other injuries have occurred that could complicate treatment.

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