Buckle, greenstick, sprain, and transverse! These terms are just some of the many ways that doctors diagnose a broken bone. But what do they mean? Whether you’ve broken a bone before or not, you have probably heard these words tossed around in the healthcare world, but do we have any idea what they mean?
Join us, as The Colony ER Hospital teaches you the ABCs of broken bones.
Broken, or Fractured?
First and foremost, physicians refer to broken bones as bone fractures. While this might seem like a small technical detail that doesn’t make much of a difference, talking about injured bones in terms of fractures can actually include more than just a broken bone.
Fracture refers to a broad category of bone injuries, from a complete break to a crack in the bone. While the term “broken bone” might sound more painful than the term “fractured bone,” a fracture can sometimes be more dangerous.
There are two general terms for deciding how a bone is fractured:
Simple and compound are not the only kinds of fracture, though. These are just the two biggest categories. There are medical diagnoses for many different, specific, kinds of fractures, whether they are open or closed.
How do I know if I have a bone fracture?
It is easy to say that feeling pain in an arm or a leg can be indicative of a closed fracture, but sometimes, you might have only pulled a muscle. Here are some common signs of bone fractures that go into a little more detail than simply asking yourself if it hurts:
It is important to remember that sometimes, babies and toddlers can break their arms or legs too, but it can be harder to notice. When you have a little one who is still learning how to speak, look out for unexplained crying and sensitive areas. Your baby might cry more or try to flinch away if you move to touch its arm, and that could be sign of an injury.
Luckily, if you find that you or your loved one has a fractured bone, The Colony ER Hospital is ready to treat you—we are open 24/7, even on holidays. We are right off the Sam Rayburn Tollway, and we have state-of-the-art resources ready to help make sure all your fractures and sprains are treated with concierge-level care.
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