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    Types of bone fracture: Incomplete fracture


    There are so many different types of breaks and fractures that it is difficult to keep track with what is what. But, to make it easy for you there are two main different types of fractures; incomplete and complete fractures.

    What are the differences between the two?

    A complete fracture is where the fracture has gone straight through the length or width of the bone. Whereas, an incomplete fracture is where the fracture has only gone through a section of the bone. In a complete fracture you can often see that bone fragments have come away completely from the main bone.

    How are incomplete fractures caused?

    There are many different ways in which you can get an incomplete fracture. You may get it from having a disease which weakens bone structure. However, you may get it from a bad slip, trip or fall.

    How can a slip, trip or fall cause an incomplete fracture?

    If you have a slip, trip or fall and you either land awkwardly or you hit a limb on something hard, it can happen. This is when the impact is hard enough to crack bone but not necessarily hard enough that it breaks it. A trip injury onto a solid floor such as concrete or tarmac could quite easily do this if the impact is heavy.

    How to prevent a fracture caused by a slip, trip or fall?

    The main thing is to make sure you always look where you are walking. Many slips, trips or falls are caused by people not looking where they are going and either being the one who gets the fracture or causing someone else to trip, slip or fall and become injured. However, if you have been told you have a weaker bone mass due to a disease or condition speak to your doctor about the possibility of any supplements you can take, or anything you can do to help prevent any fractures through such accidents as slips, trips or falls.

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    But, if you do have an accident which causes a fracture or other such injuries you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more on their 24 hour advice line – 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, take the 30-second compensation calculator test to see just how much your claim could be worth.

    Date Published: January 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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