Fractures are breaks in bone and are classified according to several different categories. Compound fractures are the most dangerous; the bone is broken into fragments that come through the skin. Treatment includes setting the broken bone and splinting the injury, among other steps. Steps are taken to prevent infection if the skin is broken.
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Boxer's FractureA boxer's fracture is a break through the bones of the hands that form the knuckles. Boxer's fractures usually occur from a person punching another person (fist fight), a wall, or other hard object. Most boxer's fractures require medical attention.
Ankle FractureAn broken ankle (ankle fracture) can be caused by rolling the ankle in or out, twisting the ankle, extreme flexing of the joint, or trauma. Symptoms of a broken ankle include pain, swelling, inability to move the toes or foot, and exposed bone. Treatment of broken ankle depends on the type of fracture.
Broken Shoulder BladeA broken shoulder blade (fractured scapula) is often a serious injury that requires medical treatment. Causes of a broken shoulder blade include sports injuries or trauma (car accidents). Treatment for a broken shoulder blade depends on the portion of the bone that is fractured and any other injuries sustained with the broken shoulder blade.
Facial FractureFacial fracture refers to any injury that results in a broken bone or bones of the face. Symptoms of a facial fracture depend on what bones are broken. Treatment of a facial fracture again, depends on what bones are broken.
Sprains and StrainsAn injury to a ligament is called a sprain, while an injury to a muscle or tendon is called a strain. Symptoms and signs include pain, swelling, bruising, and decreased range of motion. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injury is the standard treatment for sprains and strains.
Stress FractureA stress fracture is an overuse injury of the bone. Typically, stress fractures occur in the leg, hip, foot, or pelvis. Causes of stress fractures include overuse injuries, osteoporosis, falls, medications, muscle weakness, and obesity. The treatment of a stress fracture depends on the cause.
Vertebral Compression FractureA vertebral compression fracture occurs when the bones of the spine become broken due to trauma. Causes include osteoporosis, trauma, and pathologic fracture. Symptoms include pain, numbness, urinary incontinence, and urinary retention. Treatment may involve wearing a back brace, resting, icing, taking pain relievers, exercise, and surgery.
Wrist InjuryThe wrist injury can be a sprain, strain, or fractured or broken bone(s). Symptoms of an injury or fracture include pain, deformity, heat, swelling, and inability to move the joint. If you have severe pain, deformity, numbness, or are unable to move your wrist, call your doctor immediately, or go to an urgent care clinic, or hospital emergency department. Treatment of a wrist injury depends upon the type of wrist injury.
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