The term “fracture” refers to a broken bone, the same way “crack” or “break” does. A bone may completely fracture or partially fracture in a wide variety of ways, such as crosswise, lengthwise, in several places). Common fracture classifications include:

  • Stable fracture. The broken ends of the bone still line up with each other and do not stick out of place.
  • Compound fracture. The broken bone may pierce the skin at the time of the fracture. The bone may or may not stick out of the wound visibly.
  • Transverse fracture. In this type of fracture, the crack line extends across the bone horizontally.
  • Oblique fracture. The crack line of this fracture runs at an angle.
  • Comminuted fracture. When the bone shatters into three or more seperate pieces.