Many of us have suffered broken bones as children. While painful and inconvenient, we tend to think of these as sort of run of the mill injuries, and nothing to be overly concerned about. Unfortunately, accidental injuries involving bone fractures can be quite serious, with ramifications that could affect your health and finance well into the future. The following is important information to be aware of regarding the types of fractures that are most common, complications that can occur, and the potentially life impacting consequences that can result.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Broken bones or fractures can occur for a number of reasons. An individual could break a bone as the result of car or motorcycle accident, pedestrian or bicycling accident, a slip and fall or getting struck by or against an object, sport activities and more. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that while rigid, our bones generally do have some flexibility, and it takes a strong impact to actually cause a bone to splinter or break. Common types of bone fractures include the following:
Stable fractures, in which the bone is broken, but the pieces line up together
Open, compound fractures, in which a wound penetrates to the bone or the bone protrudes through the skin
Transverse fractures, where the bone breaks in a horizontal line
Oblique fractures, where the break is at an angle
Comminuted fractures, in which the bone shatters into three or more pieces
In order for the bone to heal properly, the pieces must be aligned and allowed the time to heal properly. Depending on the type of fracture, this may require a cast which the doctor can apply manually, or it may require surgical procedures to implant metal plates, rods, and poles.
Complications of Bone Fractures
While broken bones generally heal naturally by knitting together, complications can arise. In general, fractures take two to eight weeks to heal. Breaks that do not heal properly or in the appropriate time frame may require additional procedures, such as ultrasound therapy, bone grafts, and stem cell therapy. In other cases, complications can arise which have the potential to result in permanent deformities and loss of use of the affected body part. Complications of broken bones include:
Bone or bone marrow infection, which may require hospitalization, antibiotic treatment, and surgical procedures to cut or drain the infected site
Healing in the wrong position, which can result from shifting and may require surgical reset of the bone
Disruption of bone growth, which primarily affects children whose bones are still developing
Bone death, which results from a lack of blood supply to the bone
Get Help From an Aiken, SC Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered a fracture as the result of an accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys right away. At Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we understand the serious complications that can result from these injuries and that medical care and lengthy recuperation times that are often required. We can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries, including current and future medical expenses and lost income as the result of ongoing disabilities.
Contact us today for a consultation on your case.