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A 31-year-old member asked:

can you give me some tips to help me identify if i could have fractured or broken something?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fracture/ Break: A medical examination, history and X-rays are needed to accurately diagnose a fracture/ break in most cases.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain: Severe pain. Deformity, inability to bear weight or use the involved extremity.

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How long does a fractured vertebrate take to heal?

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6 weeks- 3 months: The patients should be improving by 6 weeks. If not, then surgery (vertebral augmentation) can be very helpful. http://www.dfineinc.com/patients/index.html.
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When can you return to work with a fractured 5th metacarpal?

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Depends on the work.: People with "sedentary" or "low demand" jobs can often return back to work following splint immobilization of the injury. If you perform desk-type duties, the splint can adequately protect the fracture from displacement. People who engage in heavy demand activities, such as construction work, may need to avoid full work duties until the fracture has healed completely.
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Can a podiitrist treat me for fractured metatarsels?

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Yes: Seek recommendations from friends, family and your pcp.
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What is the easiest way to tell if I have a fractured humerus?

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Xrays: Although an experienced physican can usually tell if a bone is fractured, the most definitive and quickest way to tell is with an xrays of the bone in question.
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How long does a fractured humerus take to heal?

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Fracture humerus: The average time for healing of the fracture is 6weeks. It may take longer if you smoke or have diabetes, osteoporosis.

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