What Causes Broken Bones?

What Causes Broken Bones?

In the adult human body, there are 206 bones while babies and infants have 231 bones. The bones make up our skeletal system and they are tremendously important to protecting our health and our physical bodies. Bones serve many purposes including the protection of our vital organs, constructing our bodies’ structure, helping us move, storing minerals, and they also produce blood cells. 

Each of these bones has the potential to fracture or break. While bones are very dense and strong, if they encounter enough force they can fracture into either a partial or complete break. There are several types of broken bone injuries including:

  • Greenstick fractures where one side of the bone is broken
  • Buckle (torus fracture) where one side of the bone is bent outward and while the other side isn’t broken
  • Avulsion fracture happens when tendons or ligaments become disconnected from the bone.
  • A growth plate fracture occurs when there is a break in a youngster’s growing bone.
  • A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone.
  • Comminuted Fracture occurs when a bone breaks into multiple pieces.
  • A compression fracture happens when there is a collapse of the bone.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Broken Bones?

Forces that are exerted on a bone and are much stronger than the strength of the bone will cause a break. Car accidents, sports injuries, slip-and-fall injuries, abuse, falls from height, or repetitive force such as running are common causes of broken bones. Those who suffer from Osteoporosis are at increased risk of bone damage. 

Osteoporosis is a condition where one’s bones become significantly weakened and brittle. There are a number of factors that put one at risk for developing osteoporosis including

  • Age
  • Female gender
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Previous fracture
  • Ethnicity
  • Menopause/hysterectomy
  • Long term glucocorticoid therapy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Primary/secondary hypogonadism in men

In addition, lifestyle habits can also heighten one’s risk. Behaviors such as being inactive, smoking, drinking, vitamin D deficiency, or poor nutrition can cause decreased bone density. 

It takes anywhere from weeks to over 3 months for a broken bone to heal. Healing time is dependant on the severity of the injury. While you are healing from a broken bone injury, you may not be able to work or drive and require the assistance of others to help you with daily activities. Missed wages and an inability to commute can cause a substantial drain on your finances. If you sustained your broken bone injury from an accident that was not your fault, you have the right to pursue compensation to cover your costs. The Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG focus solely on representing those who sustained injuries from accidents in the state of Arizona. The attorneys at ELG can help you with a personal injury claim to recoup the costs associated with the damages from your accident.

Do You Need To Obtain Compensation After An Arizona Car Accident?

What Causes Broken BonesCar accidents are the leading cause of injuries in the country and in Arizona. The Phoenix automobile accident injury attorneys at ELG will help you see your full legal justice after you sustained injuries in an accident that was not your fault.

Call the bilingual, Spanish-speaking Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG today at (623) 321-0566 to schedule your completely free consulation.