4 Types of Bone Fractures

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biking injuries, personal injuriesOther than being extremely painful, broken bones and fractures can take quite a while to heal. Common causes of bone fracturing can be due to a traumatic force from a sporting injury, car accident or just a bad fall. Different people have different variations of bone strength and some are more prone than others to breaking bones. Old age and osteoporosis may make one’s bones more brittle and fragile compared to a younger person. Most fractures are non-life threatening, but if you break your femur (located in your thigh) your life may be at risk due to the rupturing of your femoral artery! Listed below are various types of fractures, how they are caused and some factors that lead to them happening:

1. Compound Fracture

A compound fracture is categorized by the broken bone extending out from the skin. Blunt, excessive force is necessary to cause the bone to emerge from the skin; until you are under the care of a doctor, do not touch or try to move the bone back into place!

2. Greenstick Fracture

This type of fracture is most common in children due to their soft, developing bones. A greenstick fracture is when a bone is bent, but not completely broken.

3. Oblique Fracture

The pattern of the break categorizes the oblique fracture. “Oblique” meaning slanting, or non-parallel describes the shape and direction of the break itself. As opposed to the fracture being perpendicular to the form of the bone, it is slanted to a different degree.

4. Pathologic Fracture

A pathologic fracture is a bone break that can be attributed to some type of disease that serves as a catalyst for breakage, such as osteoporosis. Any disease that weakens the bone tissue can lead to a pathologic fracture.

Fractures can happen to anyone; if you’re a victim of negligent behavior and have sustained a personal injury, please contact Loewy Law for legal help!