What is the difference between a standard fracture and a spiral fracture?In a standard fracture scenario, lateral force or blunt force trauma to the body results in a break in the bone underneath. When a spiral fracture occurs, it is the result of a powerful twisting or rotating force at the time of the crash, possibly due either to the motion of the body or the vehicle itself. This twisting force causes worse fractures in many cases, sometimes with multiple small pieces of bone instead of just two. Unlike most other fractures, which tend to have a somewhat flat, horizontal edge, spiral fractures often have diagonal edges. The bone itself will have twisted, like a corkscrew or a spiral staircase, which is how the injury gets its name. Typically, spiral fractures affect longer, slender bones, including the femur, tibia, fibula, ulna, radius and humerus bones which comprise the arms and legs.
How do medical professionals qualify spiral fractures?Medical professionals diagnosing an individual with a spiral fracture will look at multiple features of the break itself in their attempts to accurately describe and diagnose the injury. However, one of the most important classifications, beyond the location of the injury, will deal with the impact of the injury on potential treatment. In some cases, spiral fractures are so extreme that the bone breaks into multiple separate pieces, some of which may move and no longer sit in the proper location. In a stable spiral fracture, despite the torsional break, the parts of the bone remain properly aligned. However, a displaced spiral fracture requires substantially more effort to set and heal. These displaced spiral fractures typically require surgery and may also require the implantation of a metal rod, mesh or similar device to reinforce the broken bone during healing. The more severe the break and extensive the medical intervention it necessitates, the more expensive care becomes and the longer a victim will likely have to miss work during recovery.
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