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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Overview)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to be about 10-12 weeks.


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How do you know if you have a broken bone?

How do you know if you have a broken bone?

X-ray: The best way would be to have an x-ray but pain and deformity would be a good indicator. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,314 Doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Overview)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to be about 10-12 weeks.


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Please explain how long does broken bone pain last?

Please explain how long does broken bone pain last?

It depends/varies: Most broken bones heal within 6 to 8 weeks. Accordingly the pain associated with fractures should go away slowly and be gone by 2-3 months. But if a bone is not properly allligned in order to heal normally, it may remain painful for a long period of time as the weight bearing will be difficult in a mal-aligned bone. ...Read more

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Broken bone (Tip)

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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What are the most common symptoms of broken bone?

What are the most common symptoms of broken bone?

Pain/bruise/swelling: Bones have most of their living structure on the outside surface, like bark on a tree. Bone bruises can produce significant pain, but breaks will add some blood pooling (bruising) & swelling to the mix. The more dramatic the fracture the more likely a visable deformity & rarely bone parts will stick out thru the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Broken bone (Tip)

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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Broken bone (Tip)

Drinking bone marrow broths help! Has solubilized calcium, msm, glucosamine, glutamine in it. ...See more

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Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

It sounds: Like the prudent thing to do. If you have a clot, you don't leave the cast on. As long as you are not walking on the foot, i.E using crutches, the bones should be okay. ...Read more

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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Broken bone (Tip)

Don't forget to, elevate, immobilize the fractured area, and ice often during the first week. ...See more

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Could taking an all in body building product reflex one stop xtreme cause broken bone not to heal contains whey protein creatine taurine etc?

Could taking an all in body building product reflex one stop xtreme cause broken bone not to heal contains whey protein creatine taurine etc?

Not likely-Who Knows: Whey is just a byproduct of cheese production, something else to sell by promoting customer illusions. Most evidence is that humans are adapted to perform best eating real food, not processed byproducts with lots of claims supported by no research (none required for food, food supplement products or claims.) at the same time, internal controls & body use far more likely relevant to bone healing. ...Read more

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Does the knot on top of my foot mean a broken bone?

Does the knot on top of my foot mean a broken bone?

Knot = broken?: No.
A knot on the top of a foot is frequently seen in feet that are not broken. ...Read more

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Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Broken bone (Tip)

Initially there will be lots of swelling pain. While narcotics dull pain, aleve (naproxen) etc may work better. ...See more

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Which doctors treat broken bones?

Which doctors treat broken bones?

Orthopedic surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons are the specialists that typically treat fractures and other abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more