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Communited Fracture

Minute Read


Posted 6 months ago


Last updated: 29/11/2022


by James McCormack

What is a Communited Fracture?

A Communited Fracture is a type of bone fracture resulting in a bone break in 3 or more locations. They most commonly occur in the larger bones of the body, but they can occur in any.

The symptoms of Communited Fracture include an immediate onset of pain alongside pain and massage swelling. In an open Communited Fracture, the bone may be visible through the skin. In Communited Fractures of the lower limbs, weight bearing is often impossible.

Depending on a Communited Fracture’s location, the risk can vary. For example, a Communited Fracture of the ribs could cause a pneumothorax, while a Communited Fracture to other areas, such as the femur, can lead to internal bleeding.

Communited Fractures are caused by high-impact incidents such as a car crash, a fall from a height or a heavy object falling only to the bone. However, a Communited Fracture can occur in someone with Osteoperosis through an incident of low force.

X-ray of comminuted fracture

Treatment for Communited Fracture

In most cases, anyone with symptoms of a Communited Fracture is taken to A&E immediately, where an x-ray is performed to diagnose the fracture or a CT Scan for a more detailed image. Most Communited Fractures require surgery, which can involve an internal fixation using plates and screws.

After surgery, a period in a brace or cast is recommended for several weeks, depending on which bone has been fractured. Physical therapy commences for 3-6 months to regain the range of movement and strength in the affected areas.

Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments or in his clinic, in London.

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