[Infographic] How to Study: Types of Fractures

Fractures can be classified in various ways, as either displaced or nondisplaced; open or closed; complete or incomplete or according to the direction of the fracture line. Understanding the difference between the different types of fractures is important in order to provide proper care.

Types of Fracture

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Fractures can be classified in various ways, as either displaced or nondisplaced; open or closed; complete or incomplete or according to the direction of the fracture line. Understanding the difference between the different types of fractures is important in order to provide proper care.

Incomplete fracture: occurs across the bone shaft, but the bone is still in one piece and may be due to a bending or crushing force applied to the bone.

Open fracture: when the skin is broken and bone and soft tissue can be seen. Used to be called compound fracture.

Displaced fracture: the two ends of the bones are separated from each other. Examples are comminuted and oblique.

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