Spiral fracture

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An x-ray image of a spiral fracture to the left humerus of a 27-year-old male. The injury was sustained during a fall.

A spiral fracture (a.k.a. torsion fracture) is a bone fracture occurring when torque (a rotating force) is applied along the axis of a bone.[1]

Notable persons with spiral fractures[edit]

  • Chad Billingsley, American baseball pitcher, slipped on ice and suffered a spiral fracture of the fibula.[2]
  • Ryan Bradley, American figure skater, suffered a spiral fracture in the humerus of his arm while playing dodge ball.[3]
  • Michael Russell, American tennis player, while serving suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus bone.[4]
  • Jeremy Ten, Canadian figure skater, sustained a spiral fracture of the fibula.[5]

Spiral fractures are commonly attributed to non-accidental injury