Bone fractures, or broken bones as they are usually referred, are extremely common with approximately six million people fracturing a bone each year, mostly commonly experiencing a broken arm or a broken leg. Fractures are pretty common for most people during their childhood because children are playful and their bones are not fully developed, which puts them at high risk for fracturing a bone. However, the elderly are also at a high risk because bones become brittle as you age, making fracturing a bone more likely simply by completing everyday activities. The clavicle – better known as your collar bone – is the bone which is most likely to be broken in the body.
Most of the time, it’s pretty easy to know when you’ve fractured a bone. Fractures are very painful, and usually prevent you from moving the affected area. You may also swell around the injury, become bruised around the injury, and the affected part of your body may look deformed to the naked eye.
So, while a doctor may be able to immediately tell upon examination whether you have broken a bone, further testing, typically an X-ray, is usually ordered to confirm the fracture and identify the type of fracture. While almost all fractures are treated by immobilizing them in a cast or splint, some fractures also require antibiotic treatment to prevent infection and physical therapy in order to regain full range of motion.
While there are many different types, some of the most common types of fractures are:
- Comminuted fracture – This type of fracture is characterized by the bone breaking in multiple pieces, usually three or more.
- Oblique fracture – With this type of fracture, the bone is broken on an angle.
- Transverse fracture – A transverse fracture is when the bone breaks horizontally, or when the fracture line is perpendicular to the long end of the bone.
- Open or closed fractures – Also called a simple or compound fractures, these are two main characterizations of fractures. With an open (compound) fracture, the bone breaks through the skin. Conversely, a closed (simple) fracture is when the bone breaks beneath the skin and there is no puncture wound.
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Fractures May Also be Known as
- Bone fractures
- Broken bones