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Is A Fracture The Same As A Broken Bone
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
No: Think of a stress fracture as a piece of plastic being bent until it forms a white line of "microfractures" and eventually breaks- fatigue failure. Whereas a compression fracture is from too much weight suddenly applied to a bone- like dropping a bowling ball on a tile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same thing: Chipped bone and fracture are same thing. A chipped is just a small fracture. ...Read more
Fracture : No. Compression fractures usually refer to injuries to the spine. When you are younger this can usually be a result of significant trauma. As we get older and the bones become weaker a compression fracture can result from osteoporosis. Stress fractures on the other hand can involve any bone in the body and occur as a result of overuse and stress. ...Read more
No difference: A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all). All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 the bone. When it is open (exposed to the outside environment) it is much more serious since infection risk is higher. The higher the energy that caused the fracture, the more problems that attend the fracture. ...Read more
The ER says I have fractured my ankle and broken off a chip of bone is this both a fracture or is the bone chip the fracture???????
Fracture: Any bone break, as simple as cracks in the bone, or as complex as the bone being broken into pieces, is a fracture. Your fractured ankle requires treatment. Please see an Orthopedic Surgeon. ...Read more
Can be: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mid portion: "long bones" like the humerus radius ulna metacarpals phalanges femur tibia fibula and metatarsals join with other bones at each end ( or terminate the digit like the toe or distal phalanges of the hand). The "shaft " is the portion of a long bone that connect each end.. It is in the middle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does it matter how old a fracture is if the bone edges are close to each other such as a pars fracture?
Not really: In my experience pars fractures rarely heal. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more
Fractured bone?: Both conditions are painful. On examination, both can be tender as well. The best way to differentiate is to get an xray. Some fractures may not show up on plain xray, but that is the best place to start. Occasionally, if xrays are not conclusive, but symptoms persist, other studies such as MRI can be helpful. Good luck! ...Read more
None: Broken, fractured, cracked all the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
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