Fracture

A fractured or broken bone is normally the result of a high force  impact, or another bone weakening condition, such as osteoporosis or bone cancer.  

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A fracture (or broken bone) refers to a loss in the continuity of a bone. They are normally caused by a high-force impact, stress (over a period of time) or as a result of another bone-weakening condition, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, osteoporosis or bone cancer. If you've suffered a bone fracture, we can help.

Need to know

Breaking a bone can be painful for several reasons: - A breaking in the continuity of the periosteum (surface of the bone) causes pain as there are a wealth of pain receptors in these regions. - Swelling of nearby tissue caused by bleeding of tiny blood vessels that sit in the surface of the bones. - Your muscles may spasm as they try to hold bone fragments in place. Other symptoms of fractures include tingling, numbness and a loss of sensation.
Your consultant will discuss what led to your fracture to find out the cause. They may also carry out imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to determine the extent of the fracture. This will help them to make a diagnosis.
Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. They may include conservative treatment (managing the pain and immobilising the break with a cast) or surgery.

Our Fracture locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.