You may think of a broken bone as a minor inconvenience, but in some cases, certain types of breaks can be catastrophic. It is important to understand what breaks are severe. Knowing how severe your break is will enable you to more properly care for yourself once you leave the hospital.
OrthoInfo explains the most dangerous types of broken bones are those where the skin is broken during the break. This type of break is referred to as an open, compound fracture. Sometimes the bone will break through the skin. The skin may also be broken by the blow that caused the break. It is serious because anytime the skin is damaged, it introduces bacteria, which can lead to an infection, which can further complicate the healing process.
Another serious break is a comminuted fracture where the bone actually shatters instead of breaking. Due to the extent of damage to the bone, it can be more difficult to fix this type of break, requiring surgery to install plates or screws. This type of break may be caused by severe trauma, such as a gunshot.
Other types of breaks that are not usually as serious and do not often pose huge risks are a transverse fracture, where the bone breaks horizontally, an oblique fracture, where the bone breaks at an angle, and a stable fracture, which is the least severe type of break, where the bone breaks but is still lined up. This information is for educational purposes and is not intended as legal or medical advice.