All fractures involve one or more breaks in a bone, yet there are many
different types of fractures. Patients who seek emergency care at Palms
West Hospital for bone fractures are quickly evaluated via diagnostic
imaging scans such as X-rays. Once the
orthopedic care specialist determines the type of the fracture, he or she can recommend
an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the type of the fracture,
treatment may involve surgery and immobilization.
Alignment of the Bones
One way orthopedic doctors classify fractures is by determining if the
broken ends of the bone are out of alignment. A stable fracture, or non-displaced
fracture, is one in which the ends remain within adequate alignment. Some
physicians prefer to use the term “minimally displaced,” reasoning
that even stable fractures involve some slight degree of misalignment.
If the ends of the bones are not adequately aligned, the patient may undergo
surgery to correct this problem.
Direction of the Break
Another way to categorize fractures is by
determining the direction of the break. If the break travels across the bone, it is a transverse fracture. An
oblique fracture refers to a break at an angle. A comminuted fracture
involves the shattering of the bone into three or more parts.
Damage to the Skin
Often, fractures are contained within the body. That is, not all fractures
penetrate the skin. These are closed fractures. An open fracture involves
the penetration of the skin, either by a fragment of the bone or by the
force of the impact that caused the injury.
Age of the Patient
One type of fracture only occurs in young children. A young child’s
bones have not yet fully solidified and they aren’t as rigid as
the bones of an adult. Children may sustain greenstick fractures, which
occur when the force of an impact causes the bone to bow or bend slightly,
rather than break. The bone may instead have a crack on one side.
Exceptional orthopedics near Loxahatchee, FL, is just one of the many high-quality
service lines offered by Palms West Hospital. At our community hospital,
you’ll find physicians with expertise in
caring for fractures, performing robotic surgery, and providing emergency care. You can speak
with a registered nurse around the clock by calling (561) 345-7009.