Different Types Of Fractures And Broken Bones

Fractures And Broken BonesA fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. Fractures and broken bones are very common. Most people suffer at least two fractures in their lifetime. Usually, a bone fracture occurs when excessive physical force is exerted on your bone, and this force is stronger than the bone, causing it to ‘break’. Falls are one of the most common causes of fractures. While most people associate fractures with children, adults tend to break their bones more easily as bones get brittle with age. Hence, a fall that would not affect a child can easily result in a bone fracture in an adult.

If you think you have suffered a bone fracture, it is imperative that you get it treated as quickly as possible. At Owl Now Urgent Care, you will find experienced doctors available to diagnose and treat fractures and broken bones. Get in touch with Owl Now Urgent Care to make an appointment right away.

Different Types Of Fractures

There are several different types of fractures:

• Hairline Fracture: This type of fracture is rather difficult to detect in an X-ray, but refers to a hairline crack on the bone. It is also known as stress fracture, which occurs due to repetitive force on the bone.
• Avulsion Fracture: Sometimes, a ligament or muscle can pull the bone so hard, causing it to break. This type of fracture is known as avulsion fracture.
• Comminuted Fracture: When a bone gets shattered into multiple pieces, it is called comminuted fracture.
Compression Fracture: Certain diseases related to the bone, like osteoporosis, can cause the front part of your vertebra to collapse. This is referred to as compression fracture and is limited to spongy bones of the vertebral column.
• Greenstick Fracture: This type of fracture is quite common in kids. When the bone partially breaks on one side, but not completely as the bone is elastic, it is called greenstick fracture.

Symptoms Of Fractures

While the symptoms of bone fracture can differ from person to person based on the severity of the break, the bone that is broken and age of the person, some of the symptoms are as follows:

• Pain
• Swelling
• Bruising of the skin
• The affected bone bends at a weird angle
• The broken bone cannot support the weight of the person
• The person is unable to move the affected part
• The person may feel that the bones are grating against one another
• The area is bleeding and the bone is visible through the open wound. This kind of fracture is known as open or compound fracture

If the femur or pelvis is broken, you may experience dizziness and/or nausea and look clammy and pale.

The Way Forward

Anyone who has a fracture requires immediate medical attention. Untreated fractures are not just painful, but can also damage nerves and/or blood vessels or can lead to infection of the surrounding tissue or affected bone.