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A 45-year-old member asked:

how long to heal from a backbone fracture?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
6 - 12 weeks: Vertebral fractures typically heal over the course of 6 - 12 weeks. What most patients really want to know, though, is when their pain will resolve, which can be anywhere from 2 weeks to over 12 weeks. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical option for patients with persistent debilitating pain from a vertebral compression fracture.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
3 months: Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist. Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.

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How long does it take for a spiral fracture to heal?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
A spiral fracture: Describes the fracture pattern. Most fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal under normal circumstances if treated properly.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some tips for how to treat back acne?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can hip pads help someone who falls a lot prevent hip fractures?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: Nothing protects against fractures better than avoiding the falls in the first place but hip pads can be helpful for someone who chronically falls. Using a walker, removing throw rugs, lighting poorly lit areas, balance training, and muscle strengthening with weight bearing exercise and proper nutrition are all parts of the prevention program.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I go to the emergency room with a broken bone? Orthopedic treatment that night?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Probable referral: An xray will be able to tell 'the seriousness of the fracture' such as displacement or comminution. Displacement is when the bones are 'shifted' and less likely to heal. Communition is when there are 'extra fragments' . An orthopedic doctor will be called and follow-up arranged depending upon the seriousness.
A member asked:

My daughter just came back from haiti..She has a 1" radius of redness with a black center? Is this a spider bite? She is having pain with it.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Could be : She needs to be seen and have that evaluated. Black center means a necrotic center and may need to be debrided. Make an appointment.

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