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What is an Oblique Bone Fracture?
An oblique bone fracture occurs when the bone is broken diagonally to the axis of the bone. Most oblique fractures occur at the humorous or femur, the long bones in the body. They can also occur in the feet and hands.
What Causes Oblique Bone Fractures?
Older people are more likely to have oblique fractures due to increased fragility in the bones or osteoporosis. Oblique fractures can occur from a twisting of one bone over the other or from a sharp blow to the bone. Usually, the sharp blow occurs at an angle to the bone to cause the oblique fracture.
What are the Symptoms of an Oblique Fracture?
Oblique fractures have identical symptoms to any other breakage of a bone. Pain is the most obvious symptom. An oblique fracture severely limits the use of the limb containing the broken bone. Any attempt at moving the limb with the broken bone will result in intense pain. Swelling and bruising can also occur at the break site, but are not always present.
How is an Oblique Fracture Treated?
The amount of damage to the bone will determine the method of treatment for an oblique fracture. If the damage is minimal and the break will not inhibit movement of the limb in the future, a plaster cast will be used to treat the fracture. However, in most cases of oblique fractures, a surgical remedy is required. Reconstructive surgery will be performed on the oblique fracture to replace the bone in the proper location. Then the bone will be secured with a plaster cast. If the damage is extensive, metal rods and screws will be used to hold the bone in place and provide support as the bone heals to maintain the correct positioning of the bone. In some cases, repair will also need to be done on the ligaments surrounding the bone that has been broken.