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what is vfa (vertebral fracture assessment)?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
VFA: The process of evaluation for vertebral fractures using qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative morphometric methods is called vertebral fracture assessment and provides information regarding a person’s fracture risk. This improves overall assessment of an individual’s future fracture risk and allows for proper intervention. Guidelines are established for men and women to undergo vfa.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Osteoporosis test: It is a low radiation dose test (less than standard x-ray; also less expensive) that can assess people at risk for low energy spine fractures. The presence of such fractures puts one at risk for additional fractures; not all hurt at the time, so earlier detection may guide treatment. An osteoporosis specialist may use it. At 22, you most likely do not need it.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Low: If the skin is intact the chance is very low. If the skin has been torn, the chance goes up to 5-20%.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could cutting calories affect healing of a broken bone?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Bone healing: Sure it can. Low calorie diets are fraught with lack of balance of nutrients, decreased protein, and most probably lower intakes of calcium which would be important for bone healing. If decreased activity is the result of your injury and you are concerned about gaining too much weight, then seek out a dietician or nutritionist that can offer you a dietary plan for you during this critical healing.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What could cause clavicle fracture ?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Trauma: Any trauma to the chest or a fall on an outstretched arm can lead to a fracture. If there is any disease that weakens the bone, e.g. Cancer or osteogenesis imperfecta, it can fracture more easily, but some sort of force still needs to be applied to break it. This is called a pathological fracture. A clavicle does not break without having some sort of force applied to it through abuse or injury.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Ankle joint fracture: A trimalleolar fracture means that the 3 corners (maleolli) that make up your ankle joint (tibia and fibula) are involved with the break. It usually results from high energy injuries and because the multiple parts are broken, the joint is unstable and typically requires surgery to restore the articular surface and stability of the ankle.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How is pain from a fracture treated?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
First and foremost: The fracture has to be immobilized by a cast or splint. That alone will make things a lot better. After that, there are pain medications to help deal with the early days following the injury. The pain will ease up considerably, long before the fracture has completely healed.

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