Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Bone Fractures?

Bone up on your knowledge about fractures and preventing broken bones

Angela Nelson (@BostonAngela) Health (September 15, 2015)

Broken arm

What bone is the most painful to break? Which one do people break most? Which bone takes longest to heal? Get these answers and more in this bone IQ test.

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Question 1 of 7 Score: 0

As an adult, you are most likely to break a bone in your:

Because we use our arms and hands when trying to break a fall, these are the areas where bones break most. However, the clavicle, or collarbone, is the one most likely to break because it can fracture from hits to the shoulder, by falling on outstretched arms or with a direct hit.

Leg in cast

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If you break a bone, you might feel:

If you have a small bone fracture, you may feel no pain at all. But with a serious fracture, the pain may be sharp. You also may feel dizzy or chilly as your body adjusts to the shock.

Arm in cast

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Of these choices, which is the most painful to break?

Pain is different for everyone. However, the clavicle, aka collarbone, sits above several important nerves and connects the arm to the body, making it a very sensitive and important area. If you break the bone, you likely won’t be able to move your arm.

Toes

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Should you bother seeing a doctor if you think you broke your toe?

See a doctor as soon as possible if you think you broke a toe — even your pinky toe. If you have a fracture and delay treatment while continuing to walk on the injury, you could develop persistent pain and arthritis. It may also affect the way you walk, which could cause painful callouses on your foot.

Vitamins

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Taking vitamin D with calcium seems to help prevent fracture in whom?

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which is essential for bone growth. According to a 2014 study from The Cochrane Library, vitamin D taken with calcium lowered the risk of hip fractures in seniors.

Skeleton

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Which of these bones takes the longest to heal?

The femur is the longest and strongest bone in the body, so it takes a lot of pressure to break it. For that reason, it takes the longest to heal and almost always requires surgery. Recovery time is usually 4 to 6 months and longer in some cases.

Elderly person wearing "fall risk" bracelet

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The best way to keep bones strong and prevent fractures is:

Exercise, limiting alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing fall hazards in your home and not smoking are all ways to prevent fractures.

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