Broken Bones

There are many different circumstances that can lead to a broken bone. Among these possibilities, are broken bones from motorcycle accidents. While broken bones might not be the worst thing that can happen to a motorcyclist, they can severely complicate personal matters for an individual.

Costs of Broken Bones

Broken bones from motorcycle accidents can be very costly depending on the severity of the damage. If the broken bones are in conjunction with other injuries there is often an impact social well-being, as well as physical health. Motorcyclists that have broken bones and other injuries from motorcycle accidents are often impaired for long amounts of time. This can cause an impacted working ability which also adds to the cost of broken bones.

Broken Bone Rehabilitation

Physical therapy is usually necessary along with other expensive health care needs. The rehabilitative process from broken bones usually takes about 3 or 4 months depending on the extent of the injuries. For example, compound fractures are when broken bones protrude from the skin. Aside from being excruciatingly painful, compound fracture broken bones also require more time for healing.

Physiology of Broken Bones

Although bone tissue has no actual pain receptors located on them, there are several reasons for why broken bones are very painful. One reason is that there are other tissues lining the outside area of bones which contain multiple pain receptors. When there is a break in the bone, these outer layers are also affected which is what causes the immediate and severe pain.

Another reason is that after a bone breaks edema (fluid build-up) occurs affecting nearby tissues, such as nerves. The swelling and tearing also causes severe pain. Muscle spasms also occur after the incidence of broken bones and the movement of these areas agitates the pain receptors nearby. All of these factors make the rehabilitative process for broken bones a very painful and sometimes complicated process.

Types of Broken Bone Injuries

Since there are several thousand different ways that medical practitioners describe broken bones, it is a very dense topic. However, there are some common general trends to help patients understand the different types of injuries from broken bones and their severity.

Common types of broken bone injuries include:

  • Stable Fracture – The broken bones are barely out of place and still line up with each other.
  • Open and Compound Fracture – Skin is punctured by broken bones or by an impact to an area of the skin nearby. The broken bones may or may not be visible from the injury.
  • Traverse Fracture – Broken bones with a horizontal fracture line.
  • Oblique Fracture – The bone exhibits an angled fracture pattern.
  • Continued Fracture – The bone has shattered into three or more pieces.


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