Broken bones (also known as fractured bones) are common for both children and adults. A broken bone occurs when a force exerted against the bone is stronger than it can structurally withstand. Most fractures are usually due to a fall, athletic activity, or car accident. The wrist, ankle, and hip are the most common sites for bone fractures and treatments include setting the broken bone in a cast or surgically pinning the bones back together.
There are many different types of bone fractures, but they are generally placed into one of four different categories: Displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed.
Here are several different types of common bone fractures...
- Torus fracture (or buckle fracture) - commonly seen in children due to softer bones, a torus fracture occurs when one side of the bone may buckle upon itself without disrupting the other side, also known as an incomplete fracture
- Greenstick fracture - a small, slender crack in the bone, which is more common in children because of their flexible bones
- Open or compound fracture - the broken bone breaks through the skin
- Closed or simple fracture - the broken bone has not pierced through the skin
- Displaced fracture - the bone snaps in two or more parts and are no longer aligned
- Non-displaced fracture - the bone cracks partly or completely but maintains proper alignment
- Hairline fracture (or stress fracture) - often occurs from repetitive stress to the same bone
- Single fracture - a single break in one bone
- Segmental fracture - a fracture in two parts of the same bone
- Comminuted fracture - the bone is shattered into multiple small pieces
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