What To Know About Fractures
Car crashes, falls, dog bites, and other accidents can cause injuries such as broken bones. When it comes to broken bones, every situation is different. A bone can break in a variety of ways and cause different symptoms. The healing time can also vary, depending on where and how the bone broke.
Bones are strong but can bend a little to resist a little force. When there is too much force, though, the bone can break. It takes a lot of force to break a bone, and these injuries can be very painful. They can also cause swelling and mobility issues during the healing process. Whether the broken bone was in your arm, leg, or other body part, you will likely feel the effects for a few months at the minimum. Learn more about the various types of fractures and the treatment involved.
Types of Fractures
There are two main types of fractures: open and closed. A closed fracture is a minor one that does not puncture the skin. An open one, on the other hand, is one that sticks out through the skin. It may also involve a deep wound that penetrates down to the bone.
Other types of fractures include:
- Stable fracture. Also known as a hairline fracture, this is the most minor type of fracture, as well as the easiest to deal with. The break is thin; the broken ends line up nicely and are barely out of place.
- Compound fracture. This is an open fracture that pierces the skin. It causes a wound in which the bone may or may not be visible.
- Impacted fracture. This happens when a bone breaks and a piece forces itself into another.
- Oblique fracture. In this fracture, there is an angled or sloped pattern to the bone.
- Transverse fracture. In this type of fracture, the break is horizontal instead of vertical.
- Spiral fracture. In this unique type of break, the bone becomes twisted.
- Comminuted fracture. This is when the bone breaks into at least three pieces.
There are two main options for treating a broken bone:
- A cast is most often used. It may be an immobilization cast made of fiberglass or plaster or a functional one that allows the joints to move. Casts are good for keeping bones in place as they heal.
- Fixation may occur internally or externally. External fixation is when metal pins or screws are placed into the broken bone and connected to a metal bar outside the skin. Internal fixation is when special screws or metal plates are attached to the outer surface of the bone.
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Broken bones happen quite often, and while they may seem like simple issues to treat, they can cause a lot of short-term effects. They can result in medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If your broken bone was caused by someone else’s negligence, the Florida fractures & broken bones attorneys at Meldon Law can help you with your case. Get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale.