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how can i know if i fractured something?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Xray: An xray would give the definitive answer. It also may be obvious if there is significant deformity.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What kind of sports do compound fractures most commonly occur in?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Higher energy...: These types of fractures can occur in any sport if the mechanism of injury involves a high degree of force. Classically, higher energy sports such as football, rugby, lacrosse, and extreme sports (bmx, skateboarding, motorcross, etc) account for many of these injuries. Again, it can happen in any sport or even with a simple fall if the forces are high enough.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
In 'snow country" skiing accounts for a significant number of open fractures,usually from hitting immovable objects like trees
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How long does a fractured vertebrate take to heal?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When can you return to work with a fractured 5th metacarpal?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a simple test tell if I am at risk for fractures?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Dexa scan: Xr may give clues to bone quality and density as well.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can increase my risk for fractures?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: High risk sports, falls, etc.

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