There are several types of bone fracture, including:
- Oblique - a fracture which goes at an angle to the axis
- Comminuted - a fracture of many relatively small fragments
- Spiral - a fracture which runs around the axis of the bone
- Compound - a fracture (also called open) which breaks the skin
Update Date 4/16/2013
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.