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What is the difference between a cracked bone and a fractured bone

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
None.: A cracked bone is a fractured bone. A cracked bone simply describes a fracture that is probably less severe (e.g. A "hairline" fracture).
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
None: Broken, fractured, cracked all the same.

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Bennett's fracture: It may be a fracture. You need X-ray and orthopedic treatment.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Neurosurgeon: Certainly would want to discuss directly with a neurosurgeon who would have the benefit of a direct exam and to be able to review your cr scan. Ultim... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cameron Turner
Dentistry 9 years experience
Possible dry socket: It would be nearly impossible for the jaw to break during a routine extraction. The most common cause of severe pain after an extraction of molars is ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine 10 years experience
It can be helpful to follow up with maxillofacial surgeon again. Generally imaging is very useful to make sure there is no fracture. Speech therapy ca... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
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No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fract... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
The Same: A broken bone is the same as a fractured bone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fracture is a : Medical term used for broken. Broken bone= fractured bone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
No difference: A fractured bone is broken and a broken bone is fractured.

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