Fractures Caused by Trauma

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRACTURES CAUSED BY TRAUMA

Fractures caused by trauma are breaks in a bone that might be partial or complete. This kind of injury frequently necessitates medical attention for weeks, months, or even years. Auto accidents frequently result in fractures. The severity of a fracture is usually determined by the patient’s health and the force that broke the bone. The bone may break if there are severe forces involved, such as in a car accident.

The following types of fractures are common fractures caused by trauma in accidents, falls, or other trauma related to negligence.

1. Hairline Fracture – A hairline fracture, also known as a stress fracture, typically affects the legs and feet and is one of the types of fractures caused by trauma.

Even though hairline fractures are little breaks, they can be dangerous. Victims may be unaware that they have a fracture and ascribe their agony to bruising as a result of the accident. As a result, the crack will continue to run until they seek treatment. The hairline fracture will be immobilized with a boot, splint, or cast for several weeks.

Treatment for Hairline Fractures: The most important thing you can do to aid in the healing of a stress fracture is to rest. Based on the severity of your injuries, your doctor will recommend a specific resting period. Additionally, elevate the foot or leg and ice the damaged area for up to 20 minutes at a time several times a day.

2. Stable Fracture – A stable fracture happens when an accident causes the bone to break cleanly and with all of its parts in place. This indicates that the bone remains in the same location as before.

Treatment for a Stable Fracture: The doctor will merely immobilize the bone with a cast because this form of fracture does not require realignment. To relieve discomfort, the patient can use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.

Accident leg injury 3. Avulsion Fracture – An avulsion fracture occurs when bone connects to a tendon or ligament and breaks. When this happens, a portion of the bone to which the tendon or ligament is linked pulls away from the bone.

The place where the bone separates from the tendons and ligaments causes these exceedingly painful fractures. An orthopedic surgeon will almost certainly need to repair an avulsion.

Treatment for an Avulsion Fracture: Unless the detached bone fragment ends up at a large distance from the bone, surgery is not essential for most avulsion fractures. The doctor will tell you to rest and ice the injury, as well as perform particular range-of-motion exercises.

4. A Greenstick fracture – Occurs when a piece of the bone breaks but not all the way through. Near the broken section of the bone, the wounded bone may bend. This is the most prevalent sort of injury among children.

Greenstick Fracture Treatment: If the bone is curved, the doctor will straighten it manually. In addition, instead of a cast, the patient can use a detachable splint.

5. Transverse Fracture – A transverse fracture is a straight across the bone fracture that occurs at a 90-degree angle. It occurs when the impact is perpendicular to the injury location.

The bones are broken into two parts as a result of this fracture. They are most likely to break at a right angle. Immobilization is required for the transverse fracture. Furthermore, surgical intervention may be required.

A medical provider will use an open reduction internal fixation to realign the bones in the case of a transverse fracture. After the bone fragments have been aligned, the bone will be immobilized using a standard cast or splint.

6. Oblique Fracture – When a bone breaks at an angle, it is called an oblique fracture. Long bones, such as the femur and tibia, are the most commonly affected. Under the skin, this type of injury results in a noticeable deformity.

An oblique fracture is one that runs in a diagonal direction. While not common in general, they are more likely in auto collisions because the bone is pressed into position and then twisted after the impact. The oblique fracture usually necessitates surgical treatments to reset the bone and screws to keep it in place while it heals.

Oblique Fracture Treatment: Treatment for an oblique fracture varies depending on the degree of the injury. Conservative therapy (such as immobilizing the bone with a cast) will suffice if the fracture is mild. However, there are times when the bones must be straightened, which necessitates surgery.

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7. Comminuted Fracture – A comminuted fracture is one in which the bone is broken into little pieces. It usually occurs after a major trauma, such as a car accident, and is more likely to affect the hands or feet.

This is a fracture that breaks the bone into at least three pieces, although it can be more. The high power that generates this type of break frequently causes irreparable damage. Unfortunately, a comminuted fracture typically necessitates amputation as the only treatment option.

Treatment for a Comminuted Fracture: Because the bones are fractured, surgery is required to prevent further injury to the surrounding organs, nerves, ligaments, arteries, and veins.

8. Spiral Fracture – When a bone is wrenched by the violent rotation or twisting of a limb, it is called a spiral fracture. It causes a clean break, in which the bone is fully broken into two pieces.

Treatment for a Spiral Fracture: Because the twisting action causes jagged edges on the bone, the healing process for a spiral fracture is more complicated than for other types of fractures. In most cases, surgery is required to realign the bones and secure them in place with screws, pins, or rods. Before resuming to their normal activities, the patient will wear a cast and undertake physical therapy.

9. Compound Fracture – One of the most serious injuries, a compound or open fracture occurs when a bone bursts through the skin. Surgery is frequently required due to the severity of the condition and the danger of infection.

A complex fracture occurs when the bone actually penetrates the skin. This type of break usually necessitates surgery within 24 hours. In addition, the doctor will administer antibiotics to this patient to avoid bacterial infections and will update the victim’s Tetanus vaccination.

Treatment for a Compound Fracture: This is a life-threatening injury. The patient will almost certainly need surgery to clean the region, remove debris, and fix the fracture. A tetanus injection and antibiotics are required for the patient.

10. Compression Fracture – A vertebral compression fracture occurs when a bone in the spine compresses. The thoracic spine (the middle section of the spine) is the most prevalent site for these fractures, particularly in the lower vertebra.

Fractures of the vertebrae in the spine can be small or severe. A fall, a hard leap, a vehicle collision, or any other incident that pushes the spine beyond its breaking point might cause such trauma.

Treatment: Pain medications, reduced activity, and bracing are the most frequent therapies for a thoracic compression fracture. Surgery may be necessary in some circumstances.

11. Growth Plate Fracture – Growth plates, also known as physes or epiphyseal plates, are cartilage discs found in children as they grow. They’re found between the center and the end of long bones like the ones in the arms and legs. Each end of most long bones has a growth plate. When a child’s growth plates have closed and no longer create new bone, he or she is no longer growing.

Falls, sports, cycling, and motor vehicle accidents are all major causes of growth plate fractures.

Splints or casts are commonly used to treat growth plate fractures. It may be necessary to reposition the bone to allow it to recover in the proper position. Some growth plate fractures necessitate surgery to guarantee that the growth plate is properly oriented for the bone’s normal growth.

12. Nondisplaced Fractures vs. Displaced Fractures – Nondisplaced fractures are generally closed and do not shift out of position. Because the bone cracks but does not shatter all the way through, they are commonly referred to as incomplete fractures.

Displaced fractures are more difficult to treat because the bones are out of position or in many pieces. The damaged bone breaks out of place, and the broken ends are misaligned. A broken wrist from a hard fall can push the broken radius closer to your body, resulting in an oblong section of bone poking your skin with brute force; a broken wrist from a hard fall can push the broken radius closer to your body, resulting in an oblong section of bone poking your skin with brute force.

Displaced fractures can be open or closed, merely indicating whether the skin is intact or has been broken through.

13. Open vs. Closed Fractures – When a bone fractures, but there is no puncture or open incision in the skin, it is called a closed fracture. An open fracture occurs when a bone breaks through the skin and subsequently recedes into the wound, where it is no longer visible through the skin.

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By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com

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