A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed:
Fractures occur when there is more force applied to the bone than the bone can absorb. Bones are weakest when they are twisted. Breaks in bones can occur from falls, trauma, or as a result of a direct blow or kick to the body
open fracture - the bone exits and is visible through the skin, or where a deep wound exposes the bone through the skin
closed fracture - the bone is broken, but the skin is intact
Diagnostic procedures may include the following:
pain in the injured area
swelling in the injured area
obvious deformity in the injured area
difficulty using or moving the injured area in a normal manner
warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area
Treatment may include:
Traction is the application of a force to stretch certain parts of the body in a specific direction. Traction consists or pulleys, strings, weights, and a metal frame attached over or on the bed. The purpose of traction is to stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone to allow the bone ends to align and heal.
Surgery may be required to put certain types of broken bones back into place. Occasionally, internal fixation (metal rods or pins located inside the bone) or external fixation devices (metal rods or pins located outside of the body) are used to hold the bone fragments in place to allow alignment and healing.
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