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Fractures & Bone Breakage

The adult human body has 206 bones. Any of these bones may be subject to fractures, deterioration, or damage. Orthopedic fractures aren’t limited to age or lifestyle choices, but these factors could increase your likelihood of sustaining a traumatic injury. Elder adults, young children, and athletes are more prone to broken bones and fractures. However, any force—from an accident, a blow, a fall, or any other traumatic event—can cause breakage and splinter the in bones.

If you’ve experienced a bone fracture or injury, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our orthopedic specialist. Please continue reading to find out more.


The types of fractures

Apart from the location of the fracture, there are various types of fractures that you could sustain. Knowing the type of fracture is the first step to getting the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation you need. A complete recovery relies on seeking medical assistance from your orthopedic doctor right away.

Transverse fractures

When a strong force creates a blow that’s perpendicular to the bone, these fractures may occur. Transverse fractures are in a straight line across the bone and may require orthopedic trauma surgery if there has been a clean break or splintering in the bone.

Greenstick fractures

These are incomplete fractures—and mostly happen in pediatric patients since their bones haven’t completely developed. Greenstick bone fractures occur when the entire bone isn’t broken, only the part where the trauma occurred.

Spiral fractures

When you twist your bone, a fracture may develop that spirals around the bone.

Compression fractures

Such fractures involve the complete crushing of the bone as a result of severe trauma or an accident. Hence, the bone may have a flatter or wider appearance as a result.

Oblique fractures

These are diagonal fractures that may require surgical intervention if there’s considerable splintering or fragmentation of the bone.

Comminuted fractures

When there’s severe trauma to the bone, it may shatter into several fragments that are all present at the site of the injury. These pieces will need considerable rehabilitation to make sure you can regain your functionality.

What causes bone fractures?

There are various ways a fracture may occur. Falls, motor vehicle accidents, and intensive sports injuries are common causes of severe trauma that cause bones to shatter, splinter, fragment, or break. Sudden, excessive force to the bone can cause these injuries and may require surgical intervention to restore your mobility and functions.

Stress fractures can happen when you overuse a certain bone. These repeated uses can cause microtrauma, especially in the case of athletes and people engaging in physical activities who don’t give their body adequate recovery time.

Osteoporosis is another leading cause of bone breaking, but it most often affects older adults. This bone disease occurs when the bones become brittle, weak, and porous.

How will I know if I’ve sustained a fracture?

You will immediately know if you’ve broken a bone because there are various symptoms and signs that appear. The first sign is a sharp, sudden pain in the area of the injury, coupled with an inability to put any pressure on the affected area.

You may even hear a snapping or cracking sound that accompanies the injury. Apart from these immediate signs, swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the area of the broken bone are also common.

How can we treat fractures?

Fracture treatments depend on the type, location, and extent of damage, as well as the patient’s age, lifestyle, and medical history. Bone healing may take anywhere between several weeks and a few months. The pain may subside after a while, but the healing and rehabilitation may go on for longer.

When you visit our clinic, our orthopedic specialist will review your physical symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle to determine a treatment plan that’ll work for you.

We may use external or internal fixation methods and immobilization techniques to support, realign, or reform the broken bone. These may include pins, splints, casts, metal plates, or screws. In cases of severe trauma, you may have to undergo orthopedic surgery.

Our focus on appropriate and effective treatments ensures we conduct thorough examinations, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests before we decide a treatment.

If you’ve recently sustained an injury or fracture, consulting with an orthopedic doctor is essential. Our team can guide you on the most effective diagnostic procedures and treatments. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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