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Fracture : Types of fracture, Treatment, and Prevention

Hard tissue injuries (Injuries of bones)

Fracture

Breaking of a bone is called fracture. This can simply be a crack in the structure of the bone or a complete break producing two or more fragments. There are different types of fracture.

Types of Fracture

types of fracture

  1. Simple or Closed
  2. When it occurs without any wound it is called simple fracture.

  3. Transverse Fracture
  4. It is caused due to breaking of bone at the right angle with the axis of the bone.

  5. Spiral Fracture
  6. In this type, the bone is broken by twisting motion.

  7. Comminuted Fracture
  8. When the bone is broken into so many pieces or parts, it is called comminuted.

  9. Impacted fracture
  10. In this type, the broken ends of bones are driven into the another.

  11. Greenstick Fracture
  12. It is very common in small kids. The bone may crack and bend without breaking into pieces or parts.

Symptoms of Fracture

  1. Pain at or near the fractured place.
  2. Tenderness or discomfort on gentle pressure over the affected area.
  3. Swelling about the fractured place.
  4. Loss of power; the injured part cannot be moved.
  5. Deformity of the limb; the limb may assume an unnatural position and be misshapen.
  6. Irregularity of the bone. If the fracture is near the skin the irregularity of bone may be felt.
  7. Unnatural movement at the fractured place.

Fracture Treatment

  1. Immobilize the fractured bone.
  2. Stop bleeding, if any.
  3. Take the patient to doctor
  4. In case of compound fracture neither use any antiseptic nor wash the wound.
  5. It should be plastered by the doctor.

Prevention

  1. Warm up properly.
  2. Sports Equipment should be of good quality.
  3. Use appropriate sports gear such as knee caps, elbow Guards, bandages etc.
  4. Avoid poorly maintained fields.

Injuries of joints

Dislocation

Dislocation
It is an injury of joint in which adjoining bones are displaced from their original position. Dislocation is mainly caused due to direct or indirect impact over the joint. It may be simple dislocation, fractured dislocation or complicated dislocation.

Symptoms of Dislocation

  1. Sudden pain in the affected area.
  2. Loss of power and movement.
  3. Swelling at the affected part.
  4. May have some temporary paralysis of the injured limb.
  5. Pinching or cutting of blood vessels or nerves.
  6. There may be visible deformity if the dislocated bones lock in the dislocated position.

Treatment steps of Dislocation

  1. Immobilise the joint and keep patient in comfortable position.
  2. Apply cold compression by ice packs to reduce pain.
  3. Provide support by using string and bandage.
  4. Patient should be handled by an expert doctor.
  5. After full treatment progressive rehabilitation exercises should be followed to restore the strength of the joint.

Prevention from Dislocation

  1. Always obey the rules and regulations of the game.
  2. Avoid practicing during the fatigue.
  3. Always use protective gears while playing such as kneecaps, elbow guards, bandages etc.
  4. Proper warming up and conditioning should be done.

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