Broken Leg (cont.)
Broken Leg Causes
It usually takes quite a bit of force to break the bones of the leg. Bones that have been weakened somehow can be broken more easily. If the amount of force put on a bone is greater than the amount it can handle, the bone will break.
- A leg can be broken through trauma, where there has been a large force or injury (for example,
a car, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle accident, skiing injuries, and falls from heights).
- Injury can cause a bone to break if the bones have been weakened by disease such as cancer or other
tumors, bone cysts, or osteoporosis.
- Sometimes, repetitive overuse of the leg, such as the movements in distance
running, can result in a stress fracture.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2013
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