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Common Skeletal Injuries

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Overview of Common Skeletal Injuries

This guide describes various skeletal injuries from head to toe, explaining their causes and implications.

Skull Injuries

Example: Skull fractures, often resulting from head injuries.

Cervical Spine Injuries

Potentially life-threatening injuries affecting the cervical vertebrae (C1 to C7).

Shoulder and Arm Injuries

  • Clavicle Fractures: Common in cyclists, typically occurring from landing on the shoulder.
  • Shoulder Dislocations: Often seen in contact sports like rugby, usually occurring anteriorly.
  • Humerus Fractures: Injuries to the upper arm bone.
  • Elbow Tendonitis: Including tennis elbow (lateral) and golfer's elbow (medial).

Wrist and Hand Injuries

  • Colles' Fracture: A common fracture in the wrist, often occurring from falls.
  • Scaphoid Fracture: Notable for its poor blood supply and challenging healing process.

Spine and Lower Back Injuries

Includes injuries like burst fractures in the thoracic spine and sciatica from prolapsed discs in the lumbar spine.

Pelvis and Hip Joint Injuries

  • Pelvic Fractures: Serious injuries indicating an unstable pelvis.
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip: Degeneration of cartilage causing pain and limited mobility.

Leg and Knee Injuries

  • Femur Fractures: Serious injuries requiring full leg immobilization.
  • Knee Injuries: Including meniscus tears and O'Donoghue's triad, a common ligament injury in athletes.

Ankle Injuries

Common sprains and instabilities, often resulting from poor proprioception and weak musculature around the ankle.

For more detailed information on skeletal injuries and their treatment, consult a healthcare professional or orthopedist.