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Fracture types (2)

Fracture types (2)

Overview

There are several types of bone fracture, including:

  • Greenstick - an incomplete fracture in which the bone bends
  • Transverse - a fracture that goes across the bone's axis
  • Simple - a fracture which does not break the skin

Update Date 5/9/2015

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, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.