Fractures can occur in any bone, but most often they happen in the long bones of the arms and legs. As you age, your bones become more brittle and you are more likely to suffer fractures from falls that would not occur when you were young.
A displaced fracture occurs when the bone snaps into two or more pieces and is no longer lined up straight. A non-displaced fracture occurs when the bone cracks part way through, but remains in its proper alignment.
A closed fracture is one in which the bone breaks and there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture occurs when the bone fractures through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin. It is important to note that with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection.
A fracture is classified by its severity; each has its own specific treatment. Not all fractures are serious, but they can still cause complications if not treated promptly. Possible complications include damaged blood vessels or nerves, and infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or surrounding tissue.
Visit your nearest SK Radiology today for fracture X-ray services.