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    Types of bone fractures: Simple fracture


    The term ‘simple fracture’ describes a bone fracture that is closed. In other words, the bone is broken, but has not pierced the skin. Unlike open, or compound fractures, which consist of fractures that have pierced the skin or can be detected within open wounds, simple fractures are usually not associated with bleeding or inflammation.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Fractures happen when a bone is exposed to forces that are stronger than its structure can withstand. Ankles, hips and wrists tend to be the most common locations of fractures. Slipping, falling or tripping is often to blame for such personal injuries.

    Symptoms of simple fractures

    Depending on the bone that has been broken and the severity of this accidental injury, symptoms of simple fractures may include pain, bruising, and swelling. Fractures may consist of cracks along the bone or breaks across them. If the latter is the case, there may also be some deformity. Victims may also experience an inability to move the affected limb properly. As cracks along bones are not always immediately apparent, but may cause complications if let untreated, it is important to seek medical attention even if injuries by slipping or tripping seem to be minor at first glance.

    Slipping or tripping in supermarkets, on pavements, and other public places, is often to blame for accidental injuries of this type. A slip or trip is typically accompanied by the victim reaching out to break their fall, which is why wrist fractures are so common. To confirm a fracture has occurred, doctors attending to accident victims perform x-rays on the areas affected by pain and/ or swelling. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, treatment may involve use of splints, plaster casts, or immobilisation of the broken limb by slings.

    Slip, trip and fall claims

    If you suffered a fracture by slipping, tripping or falling in a public place, you may be entitled to injury compensation. To qualify for compensation, the injury must have been the responsibility of someone other than you, and it must have happened within the last three years.

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    Date Published: January 22, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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