Whether you partially fracture a bone, experience a full break, or have multiple fractures in the same bone, a broken bone and a fracture are one in the same. Bone fractures are a common form of injury that most often result from a fall, sports injury, car accident, or osteoporosis.
Fractures can occur in any part of the body, so long as there is a bone present. There are many types of bone fractures that a person can sustain, including:
With a closed fracture, the skin is not broken or open, so the fracture is contained within the body. Conversely, an open fracture means the skin is open, the bone may be exposed, and there is a significant and serious risk of infection. Displaced fractures are when there is a gap between the two ends of the broken bone, as if it moved apart after the fracture. Fractures that are displaced often require surgery.
A partial fracture is one where the bone did not fully break, while a complete fracture is one where the bone did fully break and separated into two or more pieces. Stress fractures, or hairline fractures, are essentially a crack in the bone. Depending on the location and size of the stress fracture, it may be difficult to see the injury with a standard x-ray.
There are different types of closed, open, partial, and complete fractures as well. They are:
Trauma fractures are fractures that have resulted from some form of trauma, such as a car accident, sports accident, or major fall. These may also be the result of repetitive forces causing damage to the bone or bones over time. For example, a person who routines runs may experience a stress fracture due to the repetition and frequency of additional force on the bones in their hip, leg, knee, ankle, and foot.
In the medical field, bone doctors are called orthopedic doctors. These doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Depending on the nature and urgency of your bone fracture, your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a minimally invasive or surgical treatment that is necessary to your recovery.
Fractures are a common serious injury suffered by people of all ages. If left untreated, the pain will remain and the injury will worsen over time. Call (407) 776-4595 to find an orthopedic doctor near you. Our compassionate and experienced staff will help you schedule an appointment at your local AAA Physicians office so you can have your injury diagnosed, treated, and recovering as soon as possible.