A bone fracture may also be called a bone break or crack. Bone fractures can be caused by a trauma, such as a sporting injury, motor vehicle accident, or a fall.
Symptoms of a bone fracture may include:
Fractured bones require medical attention. If the fracture is the result of a major trauma or accident, call triple zero (000). You should also call for emergency help if the person:
- is unconscious or not responding - you should perform CPR if there is no pulse or breathing
- is bleeding heavily
- has bone visible through the skin
- has a possible back, neck, or head injury.
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Last reviewed: May 2018