A fracture is a break in the bone. It can occur in almost any bone of our body due to different reasons. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured in any number of ways like crosswise, lengthwise or in multiple pieces.
Common types of fractures
- Stable fracture: The broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place
- Open, compound fracture: The skin is pierced by the bone or by a blow that breaks the skin at the time of the fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.
- Transverse fracture: Fracture with horizontal fracture line at a right angle to the bone’s axis
- Oblique fracture: Fracture with an angled pattern
- Comminuted fracture: Bone shatters into three or more pieces
- Pathological fracture: Caused by a disease that weakens the bones
- Stress fracture: A hairline crack due to overstressing on the area