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Broken hand photo: Different Types of Fractures: Signs and Pictures

Different Types of Fractures: Signs and Pictures

Not all fractures (broken bones) are obvious. In fact, most of them are quite subtle when it comes to their appearance. You might have mild swelling or a bruise. Pain and sometimes impaired movement (usually due to pain or associated nerve damage) are the most consistent symptoms of a fracture.

You might know that you had a fracture if you heard a bone crack or if part of your body looks like it’s bent out of shape. These fracture pictures should help illustrate the wide variety of ways broken bones can look.

Non-displaced fractures, also called simple fractures, are broken bones that haven’t moved out of position. Displaced fractures are broken bones that have moved out of place.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are displaced bone fractures?

Bone fractures include displaced fractures (the broken bone has moved out of place), and simple, non-displaced fractures (the fractured bone is in its correct place). Displaced fractures often require medical or surgical repositioning of the bone for proper healing.

What is a compound fracture?

A compound fracture is an open fracture that is associated with broken skin, whereas a closed fracture is not associated with any skin wound. Sometimes the bone or other structures protrude from the open wound. Infection precautions, including cleaning the wound and antibiotics, are often necessary with a compound fracture.

What is a stress fracture?

A stress fracture occurs due to repeated pressure or pounding on a bone. These fractures are associated with repetitive movements, such as in sports or work.

How long does a fracture take to heal?

For most young children, fractures can heal within a month if they are promptly treated and/or immobilized. It can take several months or longer for adults to heal after a fracture. Older age, large fractures, multiple fractures, or chronic illness can further delay healing.

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