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Dr. Annette Occhialini
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What is the difference between a cracked bone and a fractured bone?

Dr. Annette Occhialini
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What is the difference between a cracked bone and a fractured bone?

None: Broken, fractured, cracked all the same.

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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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I had a difficult lower molar extraction 1 week ago - roots fused to the bone. Severe pain feels like a bone fracture. Could I have a cracked jaw?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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I had a difficult lower molar extraction 1 week ago - roots fused to the bone. Severe pain feels like a bone fracture. Could I have a cracked jaw?

Doubtful: You had a difficult surgical extraction which necessitated the cutting of bone, gum tissue, and then sutures to close the wound. Even though you feel a week is enough time for this to have healed, it will take longer. Your surgeon should be advised of your pain.. you might have an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone ?

Dr. Kirt Kimball
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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone ?

No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fracture lines. ...Read more

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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What's the difference between a brocken bone and a fractured bone?

Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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The Same: A broken bone is the same as a fractured bone. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do I find what's the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

Fracture is a : Medical term used for broken. Broken bone= fractured bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken one?

Dr. Richard Makowiec
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No difference: A fractured bone is broken and a broken bone is fractured. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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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

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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What is the difference between a bone break and a bone fracture?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and through or one can have total separation of the bone fragments. They really are one and the same. ...Read more

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