Minor Fracture

A minor fracture is also known as an incomplete fracture. When this happens, your bone doesn't break completely. Often times, it's only a hairline crack. A hairline fracture, also known as a stress fracture, is a small crack or severe bruise within a bone. 

What Causes a Minor Fracture?
Fractures occur when a force that is stronger than the bone itself is applied to a bone. Fractures can occur from falls, trauma, and a direct blow to a bone. Repetitive forces caused by running can cause a fracture, as well. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Minor Fracture?
Signs and symptoms of fractures throughout the body can vary, but most common identifiers are: 

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness
  • Discomfort
  • Tender to touch

In order to prevent minor fractures, consider clearing obstacles in walkways where one is easy to trip, make sure areas are well lit, wear rubber sole shoes, and pay attention to your surroundings. Make good choices especially if performing tasks at a height, like using ladders. Be sure to get enough calcium, either through vitamin D, calcium tablets, or select dairy, vegetable, and grain products.

We’re Here to Help
With Xpress Wellness, our urgent care clinics are equipped to treat minor fractures. We have digital X-ray services on site, but more severe fractures (where the bone is protruding through the skin) should be treated at an emergency center immediately. If you believe you are experiencing a minor fracture, come see us at any of our Oklahoma or Kansas urgent care clinics by appointment or walk-in today.