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How long after an injury could a bone be reset?

How long after an injury could a bone be reset?

Depends: It really depends on how much healing has occurred. Even if it has healed into what we call a "malunion" you can still have surgery to "reset" it. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I fractured my nose 3 weeks ago. The bone is slightly crooked, not that bad. Is it possible to still get a closed reduction this long after injury?

I fractured my nose 3 weeks ago. The bone is slightly crooked, not that bad. Is it possible to still get a closed reduction this long after injury?

Yes: It is common for the nasal bone to be rebroken and set again for better healing result. It is probably better to get this done sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my shin it doesn't hurt, it seems to be attached to the bone and its been there too long for it to be from injury. Should i worry?

Get it checked: You should see an orthopedic surgeon and get x-rays. He/she will make further recommendations based on findings. Based on your description, you should not delay this or put this off. It may be nothin but may be a bone tumor that requires further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Odd? Today I put a long sleeve shirt on and the right sleeve felt tighter. Seems swollen had previous wrist injury no broken bones tho,is this related

Odd? Today I put a long sleeve shirt on and the right sleeve felt tighter. Seems swollen had previous wrist injury no broken bones tho,is this related

Check with tape: simple things first. Is it bigger. is the cuff smaller. did you button the tighter button. DId it go away. Was the writ injury recent. If not it wont be related. Likely you slept with it hanging out of the bed and it was swollen but it is now better. If it is swollen and stays swollen for more than a day. get it checked out with your doctor. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in the middle of back bone. No symptoms but an ACL injury. I used to sit for long hours. Can't now due to pain. It's pinpoint to mid sec?

Stabbing pain in the middle of back bone. No symptoms but an ACL injury. I used to sit for long hours. Can't now due to pain. It's pinpoint to mid sec?

Trigger Point: See a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist for further evaluation. At your age, i don't anticipate major spine issues but this sounds like a trigger point that may be amenable to physical therapy or trigger point injections. ...Read more

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How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

How long and how do you heal knee bone contusions? I have bruising on the patella, and the end of the femur. From an injury i suffered 2 yrs ago.

Usually 6-8 weeks: You are way outside the window for calling it due to a bone bruise--should be seen by an orthopedist for history, exam & likely new x-rays to see what is going on. It may be trying to tell you something. ...Read more

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I have pain on the ulnar side of the wrist, close to the tfcc. Mri shows only a bone contusion, no lig damage. The primary injury is 6mo old. What would contribute to contusion lasting this long?

Other causes of Pain: Physical exam is paramount, to determine the origin of the pain. It may be an error to assume, that the cause of the pain, has to be the bone contusion. Depending on the image resolution, partial ligamentous injuries may not be seen, on mri. Correlation with operative (arthroscopic) findings is between 50 to 75 % ...Read more

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Hand injury i was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

Hand injury i was recently in a accident where my hand and wrist were cut open severing the tendons muscles and legaments away from the bone of my thumb. And now I have little use of my hand. How long does an injury like this take to heal and how much of

This : This sounds like a very serious injury. If you are unable to use your hand or move your finger that may mean that the ligaments or tendons were severely damaged, this may not heal on it's own. Please see your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more