Fractures Essay

1341 WordsJun 6, 20126 Pages
The Orthopedic Office Of Juan Trevino M.D. At the Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic our primary focus is the health and well being of our patients. Here is a little information to help you understand what the doctor may be talking about. Fractures Is there a difference between a broken bone and a fracture? You might believe that one is worse than the other, or that your treatment type will depend on whether or not a bone is broken or fractured. The truth is, a "fracture" and a "break" are used interchangeably and mean the same thing. And though there is no difference between a fracture and a break, there are many different types: Compound Bone Fracture: If the broken bone penetrates the skin, then you have suffered a compound fracture. Besides the immediate injury to the bone, infection is also of high concern with this type of break. Closed Fracture: Simply said, if the bone does not penetrate the skin, yet x-rays or examination reveal a break, then you have suffered a closed fracture. Complete Bone Fracture: If the bone has broken through it's entire width, then you have a complete bone fracture. A "crack" or "hairline fracture" and a complete bone break are opposites and should never be spoken of interchangeably. Hairline Fracture: The least severe of any type of break, a hairline fracture which result in minimal trauma to the bone and surrounding tissue. It is an incomplete fracture with no significant bone displacement and is considered a stable fracture. Instances of this type of fracture involve a crack that only extends into the outer layer of the bone, but not completely through the entire bone. It is also known as a "Fissure Fracture." Compression Fracture: A compression fracture often occurs in a person's back. In an auto accident, or a fall, the vertebral column can be compressed until the pressure results in a break. Another name for a

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