There are several types of bone fracture, including:
- Oblique - a fracture which goes at an angle to the axis
- Comminuted - a fracture of many relatively small fragments
- Spiral - a fracture which runs around the axis of the bone
- Compound - a fracture (also called open) which breaks the skin
Review Date 4/18/2017
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.