Different Types of Fractures
- Simple fractures occur when the bone breaks but does not puncture the skin.
- Compound fractures happen when the bone breaks and pierces the skin.
- Compression fractures usually occur in the spine, when one or more vertebrae collapse.
- Complete fractures occur when the bone fragments are entirely separated.
- Incomplete fractures occur when the two bone fragments are still partially joined.
- Transverse fractures run at a right angle to the bone's long axis.
- Linear fractures run parallel to the bone's long axis.
- Oblique fractures run diagonal to a bone's long axis.
- Spiral fractures are when at least part of the bone has been twisted.
- Comminuted fractures are when a bone has broken into several pieces.
- Impacted fractures are caused by bone fragments being driven into one another.
Finding Treatment for Your Broken Bone or Fracture
Treatment options for broken bones are classified as the following:
- Open - Treated by surgically opening the fracture site
- Closed - Immobilization, pain management, or any other type of non-surgical treatment
Even with prompt and appropriate medical attention, broken bones can result in serious, debilitating complications for patients, occasionally even resulting in repeated surgeries or the amputation of an affected limb.
What Is an Orthopedic Injury?
Orthopedic injuries are those to the musculoskeletal system that affect a victim's mobility—either by making movement painful or inhibiting it completely. Orthopedic injuries cover a broad range of specific injuries, from minor ankle sprains to spinal damage and tetraplegia (quadriplegia). One of the most common orthopedic injuries are those involving broken bones and fractures; however, they can also involve other injuries.
Most orthopedic injuries are categorized into three types:
- Acute injuries result from sudden, traumatic events such as breaking your back.
- Chronic recurring injuries are when a chronic condition or acute injury makes your tissue more susceptible to damage. For example, they could be the result of weakened ankle ligaments.
- Chronic overuse injuries are caused by repeated, low-force impact—familiar to anyone who makes repetitive, demanding movements. These injuries accumulate over time, leading to chronic pain.
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