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.
Notable persons with spiral fractures
- Chad Billingsley, American baseball pitcher, slipped on ice and suffered a spiral fracture of the fibula.
- Ryan Bradley, American figure skater, suffered a spiral fracture in the humerus of his arm while playing dodge ball.
- Michael Russell, American tennis player, while serving suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus bone.
- Jeremy Ten, Canadian figure skater, sustained a spiral fracture of the fibula.
Spiral fractures are commonly attributed to non-accidental injury