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Fracture Types

other ways fractures are classified

TermDefinition
comminuted bone fragments into 3 or more pieces (particularly common in the aged whose bones are more brittle)
spiral ragged break occurs when excessive twisting forces are applied to a bone (common sports fracture)
depressed broken bone portion is pressed inward (typical of skull fracture)
compression bone is crushed (common in porous bones subjected to extreme trauma, as in a fall)
epiphyseal epiphysis separates from the diaphysis along the epiphyseal plate (tends to occur where cartilage cells are dying & calcification of the matrix is occurring)
greenstick bone breaks incompletely; only one side of the shaft breaks, the other side bends (common in children whose bones are more flexible)
Created by: phiaaa