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what are symptoms of a fractured vertebra?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Back pain : With sitting and standing better lying down.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Pain: Always pain. Might also include neurologic problems.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between a broken and fractured clavicle?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Nothing: Broken and fractured mean the same thing.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What should you do with a fractured clavicle?

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Dr. Howard Luks
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Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
It depends: The treatment of clavicle fractures has evolved quite a lot over the last decade. The orphic peaty community used to believe that everyone did well as long as their fracture healed. We now know that is not the case. There are many instances where surgery is needed to realign the fracture fragments. That being said, a number of fractures are still managed in a sling, without surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a fractured clavicle?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Usually splinted: Usually this is treated by either immobilizing the shoulder in a sling or use of various splints - commonly a "figure 8" splint pulls back on the clavicle on each side and helps to relieve pain.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the most common treatment for a clavicle fractures?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: Depends on the location of the fracture, displacement, shortening, etc. However the most common treatment remains, non operative treatment in a sling for a short period and watchful waiting.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How are Fosamax (alendronate) and femur fractures related?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
2 answers: In patients who are truly at high risk for a hip fracture, Fosamax (alendronate) will decrease the risk of a fracture by 50%. However, in about 1 person in 1000-5000 there will be an increased risk because the medication is too strong. The current recommendation by many experts is to not use this type of medication for prevention unless you are high risk for a fracture.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
I agree. The use of this medication is persons at low risk (by the FRAX algorithm) markedly increases the probability of shifting the risk/benefit ratio toward the risk side. I would add, that as the hip fracture reduction attributed to Fosamax was a 3-year trial (called FIT) and the benefit was not sustained in a longer 10-year study (called FLEX), duration of therapy is also of serious concern
Dec 30, 2011

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