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The many types of bone fractures

If you are involved in a car accident, there is always a chance that you could be injured. For example, bone fractures are common in car accidents, as your body may be hit with a lot of force. It is easy to believe that all bone fractures are the same; however, this is not the case. There are five common types of fractures, including:

-- Stable fracture. This is when the broken ends of the bone are slightly out of place.

-- Open fracture. In this case, the skin is often pierced by the fractured bone.

-- Transverse fracture. This is described as an injury with a horizontal fracture line.

-- Oblique fracture. A fracture with an angled pattern.

-- Comminuted fracture. One of the most serious types of fractures, this is when the bone shatters into a minimum of three pieces.

The severity of the bone fracture has a lot to do with the type of treatment a person receives. For example, a stable fracture is often treated with a cast. However, if the fracture is more serious, surgery may be necessary to ensure the proper healing.

There are times when a bone fracture causes serious pain. In this case, you'll know that something is wrong. There are also times, such as with a stable fracture, in which the pain is not nearly as bad. This may lead you to believe that you can deal with the injury on your own.

If you are involved in a car accident, it's best to be examined by a medical professional to ensure that you didn't suffer a serious injury. If you did, you'll need to receive immediate treatment as well as follow up care, both of which can be time consuming and costly.

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Fractures (Broken Bones)," accessed July 21, 2016

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