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Wrist Fracture
A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist. The wrist is made up of the two bones in the forearm (radius and ulna) and eight carpal bones. This fact sheet will focus on fractures of the carpal bones of the wrist. Wrist fractures of the radius, often called Colles' Fracture, can be found on a separate sheet.

Toe Fracture
A toe fracture is a break in a toe bone. The bones in the toes are called phalanges.

The Phalanges of the Foot

Vertebral Fracture
The bones of the back are called the vertebrae. A vertebral fracture is a break in one of these bones.

Vertebral Fracture

Shinbone Fracture
A shinbone fracture is a break in the tibia (shinbone). The lower leg has two bones that connect the knee to the ankle: the tibia and the fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two bones and runs on the inside of the lower leg. The fibula is much smaller and runs along the outside of the lower leg.

Groin Hernia
A groin hernia is an external bulge in the groin area that contains fat, connective tissue, and/or a portion of intestine. There are two main types: Inguinal hernia-occurs when there is a weak spot in the area where the abdomen meets the thigh on both sides (most common type)Femoral hernia-occurs less frequently, located in the upper thigh

Oral-Facial Clefts
An oral-facial cleft is a birth defect. A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip, usually just below the nose. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth (hard palate) or in the soft tissue at the back of the mouth (soft palate). In the majority of cases, a cleft lip and cleft palate occur together.

Small Bowel Obstruction
Small bowel obstruction means the small intestine is partially or totally blocked. When this happens, the contents of the intestine cannot properly get out of the body. Stools, fluid, and gas build up inside the intestine. This is a potentially serious condition that requires urgent medical care.

Trauma is a serious injury or Shock to the body. It is caused by a physical force such as violence or an accident. The injury may be complicated by psychiatric, behavioral, and social factors. This can cause the disability to be greater than just physical injuries. This condition almost always requires care from healthcare professionals.

Diaphragmatic Hernia
Diaphragmatic hernia is a congenital defect in which an opening is present in the diaphragm (the partition separating the chest and abdominal cavities) at birth. This abnormal opening allows some of the organs typically found in the abdomen to move into the chest cavity.

Abdominal Hernia
The abdominal wall wraps around the center of the body. It extends from just below the rib cage to the pelvis. The wall keeps the intestines and other organs in the abdominal cavity. When the wall is weakened it can tear. Intestines or other organs can bulge through the opening. This is called an abdominal hernia. There are several types of abdominal hernias, all named for their location: