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What Is the Difference Between a Fracture and a Break?

Did that headline catch your attention? The quick answer is that there is no difference between the two!

But our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants to share some other facts about fractures—and what to do if you think you have experienced one.

What Are the Types of Fractures?

Not all fractures are created equal. There are five categories that fractures fall into—stable fracture, open/compound fracture, transverse fracture, oblique fracture and comminuted fracture.

Regardless of which type you experience, you will likely experience a wide range of symptoms around the fracture.

Signs of a Fracture

  • Swelling over a bone
  • Bruising
  • Deformity of an arm or leg
  • Pain that worsens when there is movement or pressure
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Loss of function

Is There a Difference Between a Fracture and a Break?

Truth be told, the words fracture and break are actually used interchangeably and mean the same thing—that a bone has been shattered. However, a physician often uses the term fracture when discussing a broken bone.

While fractures are not usually life-threatening, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to help prevent further injury.

Treatment of Broken Bone

  • Splints
  • Braces
  • Plaster cast
  • Traction
  • Surgery

Think you may have broken a bone? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave.for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!