OUCH! (fractures)


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This is short slideshow giving 3 examples of different types of fractures

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OUCH! (fractures)

  1. 1. Just to name a few fractures…<br />OUCH! <br />
  2. 2. What is a bone fracture?<br />A medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone. A bone fracture can be the result of high force impact or stress, or trivial injury as a result of certain medical conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis or bone cancer.<br />Although broken bone and bone break are common colloquialisms for a bone fracture, break is not a formal orthopedic term<br />
  3. 3. Comminuted fracture<br />A comminuted fracture is when the bone is shattered, splintered, or crushed into many small pieces or fragments<br />Common with high-impact trauma such as a motor vehicle accident or fall from a significant height<br />*The x-ray image to the right distinctly shows the fragments of bone on the left and right sides<br />
  4. 4. Comound fracture<br />A compound fracture is one in which the bone has been broken through due to the fracture. It is also referred to as an open fracture.<br />Seen in sports such as skateboarding or biking (BMX)<br />*Due to the graphic nature of some of the pictures I chose to go with a more subtle image which illustrates a break in the tibia puncturing through the skin <br />
  5. 5. Simple fracture<br />A simple fracture is also referred to as a closed fracture. This is when there is no puncture wound through the skin by the bone.<br />It causes little to no damage to its surrounding tissues<br />Can heal spontaneously<br />Common in children and elderly people due to immature bones and/ or loss of strength in bone<br />*the x-ray image to the right shows a fracture really well that has not caused an open skin wound<br />
  6. 6. HEALING PROCESS<br />Healing a broken bone takes time which a lot of times is the hardest part. Healing a broken bone is a process related to factors including patient age, overall health, nutrition, blood flow to the bone, and treatment. A bone may heal in a matter of months if casted but there are also cases where a broken bone can cause extensive damage to tissues and may take longer to heal. The rehabilitation process is crucial. A patient must always follow the Dr’s orders. He/she will give you a regimen best suited for your case whther it be surgery, crutches, or cast(s). If the patient alters this plan it may cause a delay in recovery period<br />