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11 Sep

Learning More About Incomplete Fracture

Fracture is a condition wherein there is a crack or break in a hard tissue of the body and this is commonly applicable to bones. Like any other things, there are also several types of bone fracture. The most common types of fractures are closed and open fracture. The closed fracture is wherein the crack in the bone happens in the inside. On the contrary, open fracture is the condition wherein the broken bone surfaces in the skin and may lead to further complications and infections which is basically due to the exposure of the bones to open air.

Still, there are actually many types of fractures but for this article we will be focusing on certain types: complete and incomplete fracture. As for this, we will be focusing on one type of fracture—the incomplete fracture of a bone. As we get to know more about this type, we would also be able to understand the broad concept of fracture. The details that we will read about incomplete bone fracture can also be a general truth about bone fracture.

Incomplete Fracture Definition

Incomplete fractures are the type of bone fracture wherein there is just a crack on the continuity of the bone and that it does not completely traverse the width of the bone.  As already mentioned, there are many forms of bone fracture and this condition is just one of these types. Different parts of the body can suffer from this condition depending on a certain incidence. In fact, hairline fracture kneecap is a form of incomplete fracture that is observed in the knee. At the same time, any forms of fracture like Jones fracture or jaw fracture can also be considered as this type of fracture depending on its severity. Still, there are more instances and parts that an individual would face this type of incomplete fractures.

Just like the causes of other types of fracture, incomplete fractures are caused by many reasons including sudden and strong impact, osteoporosis, and some kinds of cancer. In addition, there is also incomplete fracture in children and this more commonly known as the Greenstick fracture. This form of fracture occurs to children because of the flexibility of their bones due to their physical development. As they face certain instances that may lead to bone fracture, their bones would bend and breaks partially. This is what leads us to consider this form of fracture as an incomplete bone injury.

When we compare this type of fracture with complete bone fracture, the difference is entirely due to the remaining tissue that is still attached between the separated bones.  Any parts of the body can actually suffer from broken incomplete bones. In fact, there are even already incomplete spinal cord injury cases that have been reported.

The main idea about this type of fractured incomplete bone is that it can be in any forms and in different parts. It can also range from simple to complicated condition. As long as there still remaining threads that connect the bones, this can still be considered as incomplete. Even a Jefferson fracture (or the fracture in the first vertebrae) may also be considered as an incomplete fracture depending on its severity and condition.

 Causes of Incomplete Fracture Injury

Even if our bones are tough and strong, there are still outside forces that can affect them. When the outside forces are too strong for our bones to withstand, fracture of bone occurs. These outside forces are usually due to strong impact or fall, twisting injury, and similar instances. Thus, if we get to face an extreme incidence, there is a tendency to have a fracture. Example of these extreme incidences would be falling from a great height, sudden and strong slanting of a certain body part, and many others.

Still, there are other causes for bone fracture and these causes greatly depends on a person’s age and the condition of his/her bones. It is most likely for older people to suffer from types of bone fractures because their bones have gone brittle to withstand strong outside forces.

Symptoms of Incomplete Fracture

Incomplete fractures are usually closed types fractures (a type of fracture that does not surface to the skin). Because of this, it can be quite difficult to properly identify incomplete fracture symptoms. As for general symptoms of any types bone fractures, any individual suffering from this condition will suffer pain on the cracked bone and even swelling. At the same time, for obvious cases of bone fracture, deformity can be observed on the affected part.

When an individual has a hint or idea that he/she has a fractured bone, it is advisable to do the necessary first aid procedures for a broken bone. This would include demobilizing the suspected fractured part and calling for medical assistance right away. Afterwards, there would even be a need for an X-ray to really identify if there is an incomplete fracture or any other fractures types. In some instances, an X-ray might not be good enough that CT scan is already needed.

How to Treat Incomplete Fracture

First off, the fractured bone would really be painful. Because of this, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen should be taken to reduce or eliminate the pain. Of course, there are still other medicines that can be taken and this greatly depends upon the medication of the doctor. Nowadays, it would not be difficult to get one since there are already emedicine or drugs that can be bought through some online pharmacies. With this, one can immediately have the pain reliever that he/she needs to reduce the pain that is caused by the fractured (or suspected fractured) part.

Naturally, our body has its own ways of treating a fracture. But still, we have to do something so that this natural healing will really take place. Because of this, the need for fracture cast or brace/braces would be a necessity. These instruments would maintain the alignment of the fractured bone until the natural fracture healing time of our system would be completed. This form of treatment is considered to be the conservative type of fracture treatment. Still, there are instances wherein the likelihood of natural or conservative treatment would fail. In addition, there are also cases that natural process cannot be considered anymore because of the complications that may result if the fracture is not immediately treated. Because of this, the need for a fracture surgery can be the solution. Either way, the recovery time of an individual from this condition still depends on his/her own system and metabolism. But if doctor’s orders are followed, incomplete fracture recovery time can be completed fast.

Incomplete Fracture Complications

Like any types of bone fracture, there are still complications when incomplete fracture is not properly treated. As for the general complication of bone fracture, compartment syndrome is the most common complication for this. This condition is identified by the compression of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves in a small space within the body. With this condition, the compressed parts may die due to lack of oxygenation. Because of this, if fractured bone is not properly treated and results to this kind of syndrome, the fracture part would need amputation to prevent further pain on the part of the individual. Thus, it is really important to immediately treat incomplete fracture and any other types of fracture.

When symptoms of bone fracture, be it any forms of bone fracture, an individual should immediately see the doctor to ask for incomplete fracture treatment.

These are just some of the details that we need to know about incomplete fracture (and fracture in general). There would still be a need to deepen our knowledge about this condition since any individual really has the tendency to suffer from this situation. We never know when we would encounter a certain incidence that may lead to bone fracture. After all, it is always wise to prepare ourselves from anything that may happen along the way.

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