Mend Clinic specializes in orthopedic care and many people don’t understand a fracture and a broken bone are the same thing. This can be confusing, but many in the medical field (and patients, too!) use the terms interchangeably. At your Salem orthopedic urgent care clinic, fractures are one of the most common reasons patients book an online appointment. Learn more about types of orthopedic injuries we treat, read reviews, and see why patients choose Mend Clinic as their ER alternative in Salem, Oregon. Book your appointment online, walk-in, or call (971) 204-8410.
Did you know there are various types of fractures? They can include:
There’s no broken skin and sometimes the patient can’t see the break. However, this doesn’t make it any less painful than an open or compound fracture.
Some fractures, like an ankle fracture, clearly state the injury location. However, the scaphoid isn’t a commonly known bone. It’s part of the carpal navicular, located in the palm, and often present as pain at the thumb root. Swelling might also occur. It’s the most common type of carpal bone fracture.
There are three major bones that make up the ankle, and a fracture can occur in any of them. Fractures can vary from less serious, such as when small parts of the bone have separated), to serious full-shattered breaks that extend to the fibula/tibia (the two bones in the lower leg).
Also known as a patellar fracture, the knee is one of the few “irregular” bones in the body. Since the knee’s job is to protect the knee joint, knee fractures are somewhat common, especially in work-related injuries like slip and falls and in sports injuries. The fracture can be serious and even render a patient immobile. Fortunately, treatment is usually simple (such as a splint or cast), but sometimes surgery is needed.
We tend to think of hip injuries as broken or fractured. And, in fact, a broken hip is a common injury seen in those who are 65+ years of age, have osteoporosis and unfortunately women as they are more likely to develop the disease. A broken hip is a painful event that happens with a fall or accident such as the impact sustained in a car accident.
With eight small bones making up the wrist, there are many chances for a wrist fracture. The bones are neatly aligned in two rows of four bones each, and the mass from this formation is the “carpus.” Wrist fractures can vary greatly in degree, and can extend to the fingers or up the arm to the elbow.
Humans are born with 270 bones, and we have 206 as adults (some fuse together or disappear as we age). That’s up to 270 bones that could be fractured. If you suspect a bone fracture, book an online appointment now with Mend Clinic.