A broken bone is a break or fracture of the continuity of the bone itself. There are various types of broken or fracture bones, including a closed (simple) fracture and an open (compound) fracture. A closed fracture is when the skin remains intact, while open fractures involve a wound caused by a fractured bone that punctures the surrounding skin.
Other considerations in fracture care are displacement (fracture gap) and angulation. If angulation or displacement is large, reduction (manipulation) of the bone may be required. In adults, this can often means surgical care. These injuries may take longer to heal than injuries without displacement or angulation.
Other types of fracture include:
- Compression fracture – A fracture in which bone fragments separate completely.
- Incomplete fracture – A fracture in which the bone fragments are still partially joined.
- Linear fracture – A fracture that is parallel to the bone’s long axis.
- Transverse fracture – A fracture that is at a right angle to the bone’s long axis.
- Compacted fracture – A fracture caused when bone fragments are driven into each other.
Some fractures are non-displaced and can heal on their own without the need for surgery. Often a cast or splint is enough to stabilize the injury and allow the bone to heal. Sometimes, though, surgical intervention by a doctor is required. In such cases, it is important that the patient seeks care from a board certified orthopedic surgeon and follows the treatment plan set by his or her doctor.
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Q: What is the difference between a broken bone and a fracture?
A: The truth is, there is no difference. They are simply two different ways of describing the same injury.