Most Common Broken Bones

Most Common Broken Bones, Mend Clinic Urgent Care, Salem OR

Most Common Broken Bones

With about 206 bones in the adult body (kids have more!), there are plenty of locations for breaks to occur. However, some bones are naturally more prone to breaking than others—but Mend Clinic treats all broken bones with orthopedic specialists on site. Bones that are used more often, are connected to more mobile joints, or are innately “weaker” are going to be more likely to break.

Common Broken Bones

At the top of the list is the clavicle. Also known as the collarbone, this relatively long but thin bone has little padding compared to other bones (like the femur that’s surrounded by muscle and fat). Bones in the limbs are more common to breakage overall, but the clavicle is an exception. However, with the clavicle located between the shoulders and the front of the neck, it’s also in a vulnerable position. Whether it’s blunt force trauma from a sports injury or from breaking a fall with outstretched hands, there are many ways this bone can become fractured. In some cases, newborn babies even break their clavicle while traveling through the birth canal.

The second most common break is in the arm. It most often happens in the forearm, and both the ulna and radius are at risk. The humerus, or upper arm bone, also breaks at a surprising rate compared to other bones. This makes sense because we use our arms for just about everything, including breaking falls.

The wrist comes in at number three. Skateboarding, falling down, or any other activity that has us taking a spill can put our wrist in a vulnerable position. Next up is the hip, although this break is more common in women over the age of 65. Osteoporosis, or calcium loss, makes the hip bone weak.

Finally, there’s the ankle. It’s the most vulnerable region in the lower body. Something as minor as stepping off a curb at the wrong angle can break one of the many small bones that make up (or are close to) the ankle joint.

Be Seen At Mend Clinic If You Suspect A Broken Bone

Severe sprains and strains can be confused with a break, which is why it’s important to see a doctor if you experience any painful injury in this area. Contact the Mend Clinic or you can walk in any day of the week with no appointment necessary.