Bone Fractures

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fractures are common; the average person has two during a lifetime. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the various types of bone fractures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fractured bones occur when the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself.

There are many types of fractures, but the main categories are displaced, non-displaced, open and closed.

In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that the two ends are not lined up straight. In a non-displaced fracture, the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and maintains its proper alignment.

A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin. This is an important difference from a closed fracture because with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection.

The severity of a fracture depends upon its location and the damage done to the bone and tissue near it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.