There are several types of bone fracture, including:
Oblique - a fracture which goes at an angle to the axis
Comminuted - a fracture of many relatively small fragments
Spiral - a fracture which runs around the axis of the bone
Compound - a fracture (also called open) which breaks the skin
C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.