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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between A Cracked Bone And A Fractured Bone

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Dr. James Chapman
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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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?

Ouch!: I expect you've informed the dentist (or will ASAP) - that's the best person to evaluate your healing and it's part of the responsibility of the extraction. Ask your questions while there and see it through until you are confident and satisfied. Dental work can be stressful in so many ways - treat yourself well through this time. Good diet, rest, leisure, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a small crack in my right periatel bone with CSF leak. size of crack = 4x1 to 5x5 mm. This is from a childhood skull fracture after a backward?

I have a small crack in my right periatel bone with CSF leak. size of crack = 4x1 to 5x5 mm.

This is from a childhood skull fracture after a backward?

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. Ultimately would have to weigh the risks and benefits of surgical verses nonsurgical care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone ?

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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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

What is the  difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

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

Bone (Definition)

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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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