What is a long bone fracture

Long bone fracture

  • The location of the fracture (the tibial shaft is divided into thirds: distal, middle, and proximal)
  • The pattern of the fracture (for example, the bone can break in different directions, such as crosswise, lengthwise, or in the middle)
  • Whether the skin and muscle over the bone is torn by the injury (open fracture)

How bone fractures can turn life-threatening?

In general, fractures are life threatening only if they involve breaks in large bones such as the thigh, sever an artery, or affect breathing. National Academy of Sports Medicine

What happens when you break a bone?

When a bone breaks, your body forms a clot around the break. Cells called chrondoblasts form a soft shell, or callus, around the bone. This callus hardens to heal the break. Finally, the bump where the callus is breaks down so the bone takes its original shape.

How long before femoral neck fracture heals?

This can take up to three months. Most people who have hip surgery to repair a fracture regain most, if not all of their mobility following treatment. Femoral neck fractures are common in older adults, especially those with bones that have been weakened by other medical conditions.

What bone is most common to get a spiral fracture?

Spiral fractures are most likely to occur in these bones: Tibia (the shinbone) Fibula (the shorter calf bone parallel to the tibia) Talus (the ankle bone between the tibia and fibula Femur (the thigh bone) Humerus (the bone in your upper arm) Bones in your fingers

What causes a fractured bone?

Bone Fractures. There are many types of fractures, or broken bones. Fractures are common (over 1 million every year in the US) and can be caused by sports injuries, car accidents, falls, or osteoporosis (bone weakening due to aging).

Can a running fracture cause a fracture?

Fractures occur when a force that is stronger than the bone itself is applied to a bone. Fractures can occur from falls, trauma, and a direct blow to a bone. Repetitive forces caused by running can cause a fracture, as well. These running fractures are often called stress fractures; these are small cracks in the bone.

Why do fractures occur?

Fractures often occur when there is a high force or impact put on a bone. Fractures are common–there are millions in the United States every year–and can be caused by a number of things. People break bones in sports injuries, car accidents, falls, or from osteoporosis (bone weakening due to aging).

Is a fracture of the femur life threatening?

Yes. In the case of a compound fracture (bone protruding through the skin) there is a risk of disruption of blood vessels and subsequent infection. Although a life-threatening scenario is rare, it would most likely be associated with a fracture of the femur.