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Physiology Ch.5

Skeletal System

List the six types of bone fractures. comminuted, compression, depressed, impacted, spiral, greenstick
Comminuted fracture Bone breaks into many fragments. (common in brittle bones)
Compression fracture Bone is crushed. (common in porous/osteoporotic bones)
Depressed fracture Broken bone is pressed inward. (e.g. pushed in skull fracture)
Impacted fracture Broken bone ends are forced into each other. (e.g. when arms are outstretched to break one's fall)
Spiral fracture Ragged break due to twisting forces on the bone. (common sports fracture)
Greenstick fracture Incomplete break, one side of bone unbroken, much like the way a green twig breaks. (common in the flexible bones of children)
Created by: Mrs.Porter