A fracture usually happens when your bone is exposed to more force than it’s designed to handle. It can fracture lengthwise, crosswise or in multiple places. You may hear a snapping sound when it happens, notice redness, swelling and bruising, and may even have a physical deformity at the fracture site. Below are four different types of fractures:
- Compression fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone breaks under pressure.
- Hairline fracture: An incomplete fracture in which the bone is broken in a thin crack.
- Segmental fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone is broken in two places and leaves at least one segment of bone unattached and floating.
- Single fracture: A complete fracture in which the bone is broken in one place and into two pieces.
GoHealth Urgent Care is equipped to determine whether you have a sprain, strain or fracture and what type it is, so it can be treated properly. Appropriate fracture treatment depends on type and location. The goal is to stabilize broken pieces so they can heal properly. Sometimes, a cast is used to help make sure things stay in place.