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Types Of Bone Fractures:
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:07:07 AM »

"COMPLETE: A complete break across the bone, resulting in a bone that's in two or more pieces.
PARTIAL: The break doesn't go all the way through the bone.
SIMPLE (OR CLOSED): The broken bone does not break through the skin.
COMPOUND (OR OPEN): One or both broken ends of the bone break through the skin.
STRESS: Very small cracks in a bone that can happen after repetitive activities that put stress on bones, like running or basketball. About 25% of all stress fractures occur to the tibia (shinbone).
IMPACTED: The two broken ends of the bone are driven together.
SPIRAL: The bone is twisted apart (think of wringing out a wet rag until it rips in two).
GREENSTICK: A partial break where one side of the bone breaks and the other side only bends. Greenstick fractures happen only in children, whose bones are more flexible than adult bones.
PATHOLOGIC: Sometimes fractures can occur in bones weakened by a disease process such as osteoporosis or bone cancer. In people with very weak or brittle bones, a minor fall, or something as relatively harmless as peeling potatoes can result in a fracture."
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