Many people believe that there is a difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone. In reality, they are the same. A fracture is any scenario in which the continuity of your bone tissue breaks.
Fractures can be catastrophic, or relatively minor. A complete fracture is one in which the bone has been broken apart, while a partial fracture is one in which only some of the bone tissue has been compromised.
Here are just a few of many different types of fractures:
With a stable fracture, the broken surfaces of the bone remain lined up, and very little surrounding tissue is affected.
A compound fracture occurs when the sharp ends of a broken bone's surface pierce the surrounding skin.
A transverse fracture has a horizontally-positioned break.
In an oblique fracture, the pattern of the break is angled.
A comminuted fracture occurs when bone tissue is shattered into three or more pieces.
Quite often, people are unaware that they have fractured a bone until symptoms develop. Here are some signs that you may have fractured a bone and should seek medical treatment:
You may need imaging or other diagnostic tools to provide a full picture of the damage. In some cases, the use of a contrast dye can help your doctor evaluate the functional and structural integrity of surrounding organs.
The first steps in treatment include:
Some fractures only need to be immobilized while the body’s natural healing process takes place. Other fractures require surgical intervention followed by a period of rehabilitation.
If you experience a fracture, contact South Orange County Orthopaedics right away to schedule an appointment and begin a treatment path.
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