The Most Commonly Broken Bones

There are many bones in the human body. Most of us will experience broken bones at some point in our lives. However, there are some bones that break more than others. These make up some of the most commonly broken bones.

Three common signs of a broken bone are pain, swelling and deformity. If not all of these signs are present, it can be difficult to tell, especially if the bone isn’t out of place. However, if the correct treatment isn’t received, a serious infection or permanent deformity can develop.

Most Commonly Broken Bones

Most Commonly Broken Bones

While technically you can fracture any bone in your body, some bones are much more likely to break than others. Some of the most commonly broken bones include:

  • Clavicle
  • Arm
  • Wrist
  • Hip
  • Ankle

The clavicle, more commonly known as the collarbone, is the most broken bone in the body. It is also the most common fracture in children. These accidents can happen beginning from birth; with fractures making up several birth injuries. Most people will put their arms out in front of them when falling, but this is one of the most common ways to break your clavicle.

Arm fractures are another common fracture type, particularly the Humerus. They are the second most common fracture in children and make up almost half of fractures in adults. The Ulna is also a common bone to break.

Wrist fractures are most common in people under the age of 75, since they’re most often caused by physical activity.  If older people do sustain a wrist fracture, it’s usually because they suffer from osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to become thin and brittle.

Broken hips are the most common fracture in people over 65; accounting for 90% of all hip fractures. Hip fractures often require surgery to “pin” the edges of the fracture together.  Severe fractures sometimes require a total hip replacement.

Ankles are also prone to breakage. It can be difficult to know if a break has occurred, as even a sprained ankle can be very painful and prevent the sufferer from walking. As well as the more obvious breaks, ankles can sustain stress fractures which are when the bone cracks as a result of repeated pressure on it.

Fractures and Broken Bones

Broken bones are more commonly known in medical terms as fractures. There are three main types of fracture, these are:

  • Hairline fractures
  • Simple fractures
  • Compound fractures

Each type of fracture has a different recovery period; hairline fractures tend to heal relatively quickly and easily, simple fractures also tend to heal quickly, but can sometimes require further treatment. Compound fractures can take a long time to heal, and may require physiotherapy, surgery or skin grafts to repair the surrounding tissue.

There are many ways that fracturing or breaking a bone could mean you are able to claim compensation; if you had an accident at work; if you had a slip, trip or fall; or if you had a Road Traffic Accident.

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