What Is A Closed Fracture?

A closed fracture is a broken bone that does not penetrate the skin. This is an important distinction because when a broken bone penetrates the skin (an open fracture) there is a need for immediate treatment, and an operation is often required to clean the area of the fracture. Furthermore, because of the risk of infection, there are more often problems associated with healing when a fracture is open to the skin.

Closed fractures may still require surgery from proper treatment, but most often this surgery is not an emergency and can be performed in the days or weeks following the injury. While a closed fracture does not penetrate the skin, there can still be severe soft-tissue injury associated with closed fractures. The condition of soft-tissues can still alter treatment recommendations, as closed fractures with severe soft-tissue injury may cause concern for surgical intervention.

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