When involved in a car accident, you may experience a patellar fracture, or broken knee. You may not realize, however, that there are several different types of fractures that you may experience. Here is a look at the four primary categories of broken knees.
A stable fracture is a nondisplaced fracture, which means the pieces of bone may either still be in contact or they may be separated by only a millimeter or two. With this type of fracture, the bones typically stay in place during the healing process.
With a displaced fracture, the broken ends of the bone are separated but are not lining up correctly. In addition, the smooth joint surface may be disrupted. As a result, surgery is typically needed to put the pieces back together.
A comminuted fracture is one where the bone is shattered into three or more pieces. This type of fracture may be either stable or unstable depending upon the pattern of the fracture.
With an open fracture, the bone is broken in such a way that the fragments stick out through the skin or a wound penetrates to the bone. Since this type of fracture involves damage to the surrounding soft tissue, it may take longer to heal. This type of fracture is also at a higher risk of infection. Therefore, immediate treatment is necessary.
Regardless of the type of fracture you experience following a car accident, the professionals at Advanced Spine & Rehab can help. Contact us today to learn more!