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Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

George P. Ackerman, M.D.

Fractures and Sprains

There are a variety of fractures and sprains that can occur to our body.  Below are the most commonly sustained sprains and fractures. Contact Dr. Ackerman, an expert orthopedic surgeon located in Garden City, to learn more about the following injuries.

Comminuted Fractures

Comminuted fractures occur when the bone is completely crushed or splintered.  It is extremely painful and is caused by a tremendous amount of trauma to the bone.  Severe levels of trauma are most likely to occur from a motor vehicle accident, a fall from great heights or full-contact sports like football or rugby.

Compression Fractures

A compression fracture is a fracture caused by compression of one bone.  A compression fracture most commonly occurs when the vertebra in the spine collapses.

Trauma to the back, like a car accident, is a common cause of compression fracture in healthy individuals. The most common reason a compression fracture occurs is because of weak bones and osteoporosis.

Symptoms include: severe pain, numbness, weakness, difficulty walking, and tenderness over the affected area.

Incomplete (Greenstick) Fractures

An incomplete fracture, also known as a greenstick fracture, occurs when one side of a fracture is broken and the other side is bent.   It’s an “incomplete” fracture of the bone.  Incomplete fractures typically occur in children because a child’s bones are more pliable than an adult’s bones and bend rather than break.

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture occurs as a result of repetitive overuse activities that cause “stress” on a bone.  Stress fractures are a small crack in the bone, which are also known as a hairline fractures.

Stress fractures are most common in athletes and most often affect the foot, ankle or wrist.


Trauma is a very serious body-altering physical injury that has most likely occurred from a sports-related injury or an accident. There are different levels and types of trauma to define a physical injury, such as blunt trauma (physical trauma caused by impact or force from a blunt object), or penetrating trauma (physical trauma where the skin or tissues are pierced by an object).

The level of injury depends upon the severity of the trauma sustained from the accident; the more severe the trauma, the more severe the resulting injury is.

If you are suffering from a fracture, sprain or other sports injury, contact Dr. Ackerman’s office today to schedule a consultation.