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What is a Fracture? | Speak to Our Specialist

If you are in need of Assistance for a fracture, call your local orthopedic Center RGVO at 956-686-6510.

What is a fracture?

A fracture is pretty much a broken bone. First thing to remember is that fractures happen when the physical forced applied to your bone is stronger than the bone itself. They are fairly common , generally people will experience a fracture at least twice a year. However, the older you get, the more brittle your bones become and leaves you at a higher risk for fractures.

Types of bone Fractures

  • Comminuted Fracture – This is when the bone shatters into at least 3 pieces.
  • Oblique Fracture – Usually this type of fracture has an angled pattern
  • Transverse Fracture – This has a horizontal fracture line.
  • Open, compound fracture – Probably one of the most gruesome types of fractures to see is the open compound fracture. You will usually see bone sticking out of the skin with these types of fractures
    Stable fracture – Usually nothing too serious, usually means the bones are barely out of place.


The main and most obvious symptom for a fracture would have to be intense pain, almost unbearable.
However there are other symptoms you should know about such as:

  • Deformity – This is your number one indicator of a fracture. Usually when something looks so out of place or your arm/leg bends in a way that doesn’t it shouldn’t you can safely assume there’s an issue there.
  • Swelling – Another Symptom of a fractured bone would have to be swelling. Swelling happens when fluids leak into the soft tissues in your body caused by an injury.
  • Bruising – Bruises can happen very easily and doesn’t always relate to a fractured bone. However if the bruised area is rather large that might be cause for concern , this usually means the damage is more serious.

Treatment for Fractures

There different types of treatment depending on the type of fracture you may have.

    • Casting – The broken bones are put back into their normal place and then wrapped in a plaster or fiberglass to prevent them from moving while they heal.
    • Traction – A realignment of the bones by means of steady pulling force
    • External fixation – This is a little more extreme. Pins are wires are locked through your skin and onto the bone. These pins and wires are then connected to an outside stabilizer to hold everything in place.
    • Internal fixation – This is when the doctors put in either metal rods, wires or screws inside your bone to keep it together.

Fractures are not joke and can cause some serious consequences if not taken care of properly. Be sure you put your fractured bones in the right hands and Call RGVO today! 956-686-6510.