A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. Fractures are common; the average person has two during a lifetime. There are many types of fractures, but the main categories are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed. Displaced and non-displaced fractures refer to the way the bone breaks.
In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that the two ends are not lined up straight. If the bone is in many pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture. In a non-displaced fracture, the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and maintains its proper alignment.
A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin. This is an important difference from a closed fracture because with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection.
Some fracture types include:
The severity of a fracture depends upon its location and the damage done to the bone and tissue near it. Serious fractures can have dangerous complications if not treated promptly; possible complications include damage to blood vessels or nerves and infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or surrounding tissue. Recuperation time varies depending on the age and health of the patient and the type of fracture. A minor fracture in a child may heal within a few weeks; a serious fracture in an older person may take months to heal.
Scenar will usually help at any stage, but the faster the treatment is given after any form of trauma, the faster the recovery. Recovery from damage that would normally take months, may then happen in half the time or less. If you're considering Scenar for a recent injury, arrange treatment as soon as possible (but normally after seeing a doctor).
One of Scenar's strengths is in being able to treat a matching area other than the actual injury site. Take, for example, someone with a broken leg in plaster. It's impossible to treat through the plaster, but treatment can be given on the same area of the other, un-plastered leg, and a corresponding area on the opposite-side arm. This is because our body's work in symatry - left side and right side.