Broken bones – we hope they never happen, but sometimes they do. If you think you might have a broken bone, promptly seek medical treatment. This is because bones will begin to immediately heal themselves once injured or fractured.
At FAIC, we're open every day with a full medical team and digital X-rays on site, so your broken bone can be examined right away.
What Is a Broken Bone?
The term "broken bone" is synonymous with "fracture," as they both can happen any time direct, excessive force is applied to the bone. Depending on the level of force, the bone may break, shatter, or crack.
While broken collarbones, broken arms, broken wrists, and broken ankles are the most common, a broken bone can occur at any location where too much force is applied.
Different types of injuries exert force on the bone in different ways, which can result in different types of breaks. While there are numerous types of broken bones, below are some of the most common:
Stress fracture: Repetitive motion causes a small crack in the bone.
Simple (closed) fracture: The skin and surrounding tissue remains intact despite a broken bone.
Open or compound fracture: A piece of bone protrudes through the skin.
Greenstick: The bone bends and breaks only on one side. This break is commonly observed in children.
Different types of injuries exert force on the bone in different ways, which can result in different types of breaks.