The pelvis is a circular bony structure that protects a number of important internal organs including the bowel, bladder, reproductive organs and the major blood vessels and nerves that supply the legs.
Once people have got their joint replacement surgery out of the way, there is a tendency to breathe a sigh of relief and think “that’s that”.
Whether you’re jetting off somewhere exotic, or you’re taking a “staycation” here in the UK, one of the things you don’t want to be bringing back from holiday with you is a strain, fracture or other injury.
It can be beautiful to look out on a picture-perfect Christmas card scene, sparkling with frost, ice and snow. But, if you’re trying to get to the supermarket, or a doctors appointment or anything that requires you to walk or drive anywhere, suddenly the winter landscape is less inviting.
We commonly use the term “hairline fracture” to refer to a specific type of fracture that typically occurs in the foot or lower leg. But, what is a hairline fracture and what is the difference between this and an ordinary fracture?