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What are the types of bone fractures?

There are three types of bone fracture:

  • Closed fracture: This happens when the bone breaks but does not pierce through the skin. It is harder to diagnose this kind of broken bone. You will need an x-ray to confirm.
  • Open fracture (or compound fracture): This occurs when the broken bone pierces through the skin. As the skin has been punctured, there is more risk of infection.
  • Displaced fracture: This occurs when the bone moves out of alignment.

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