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Understanding Different Bone Fractures

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Understanding Different Bone Fractures

The Different Types of Broken Bones

While bones are strong and flexible, when too much pressure is applied, they can snap. Depending on the type of force being applied to a bone, it can break and shatter in different ways. The orthopedic health experts at Fox Valley Orthopedics are here to outline some of the most common types of bone fractures.

Stable Fractures

A stable fracture, also known as a simple fracture, happens when the two broken ends of a bone are still in proper alignment and are hardly out of place. In these instances, realignment isn’t a necessary part of treatment.

Compound Fractures

Compound fractures, also commonly referred to as open fractures, happen when a piece of bone breaks through the skin at the time of injury. It’s also possible for the force of the injury to cause a break in the skin, meaning the bone itself may or may not be visible.

In most instances, these types of fractures require surgical intervention and you should seek emergency or urgent care as quickly as possible.

Comminuted Fractures

With comminuted fractures, the bone is shattered into 3 or more pieces. Mor often than not, this type of break also requires surgical intervention for it to heal properly.

Oblique Fractures

Oblique fractures are bone breaks that have a curved or sloped pattern, breaking at an angle rather than a straight line.


When it comes to addressing a broken bone, the course of treatment that your orthopedic specialist will use depends on the type and severity of the break. Common courses of treatment include:

  • Cast immobilization
  • Using a brace or functional cast
  • Traction
  • External fixation
  • Open reduction
  • Internal fixation

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.