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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do you determine if you have a broken bone?

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Dr. Steven Shannon
Orthopedic Surgery 8 years experience
Fracture: Pain is the biggest symptom you typically would have, especially with any activity. A physical exam and radiographs (xrays) performed by your local physician or local orthopedic surgeon are the best way to evaluate for a possible fracture.
Dr. Hubert Lee
Podiatry 11 years experience
X-ray: In a severe injury, you may have felt or heard a crack. A broken bone will typically cause pain, swelling, and bruising to the surrounding area. An x-ray should be taken to confirm a broken bone.

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Do babies with fused bones in their skull need surgery?

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Dr. Michael Amster
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No: This answer depends on the amount of fusion, the location, and the bones involved. There are some genetic disorders that lend to large fusions, creating very abnormal skulls. Crouzon's disease is one such disorder. If fusion is detected or found on imaging, immediate follow up with a neurosurgeon and geneticist is required to help make that decision.
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My practitioner told me the pain i'm currently having is due to my pubic bone separating. How can I alleviate this pain?

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Not much: The pubic bone commonly stretches before pregnancy. Thank goodness otherwise no one would come out vaginally. Some women have an excess separation after birth that can cause difficulty walking. Rest and time are really the only things that will lead to it healing.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Only partly: The DEXA scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
In fact, in the one-year NORA study, only 18% of the women having fragility fractures met the T-score definition of osteoporosis.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Will my insurance cover a bone density test?

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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology 43 years experience
Maybe: Depends on your insurance. For postmenopausal women a bone density test can be an important part of preventive care. If your insurance covers preventive care, such a test may be included.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis.

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