Fractures | Sprains | Bruising

Though our bones bend somewhat, they can only go so far before breaking. Depending on the severity of the force, a bone may only crack, or it can break all the way through or shatter. If the bone breaks in such a way that bone fragments stick out through the skin, or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone, the fracture is called an “open” fracture. This type of fracture is particularly serious because once the skin is broken, infection in both the wound and the bone can occur.

Comminuted Fracture

In this type of fracture, the bone shatters into three or more pieces.

Oblique Fracture

This type of fracture has an angled pattern.

Open Compound Fracture

The skin may be pierced by the bone or by a blow that breaks the skin at the time of the fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.

Stable Fracture

The broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.