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What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

Collar bone fracture: A clavicle (or collar bone) fracture is a common fracture when falling with outstretched hands or from falling directly onto your shoulder. This is a painful condition that will keep you from moving your affected arm and shoulder. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

Long time: It probably refers to the length of time you have had the problem. Sometimes the fracture occured many months prior to the treatment. It also could refer to the fact that it is not healing in the normal time frame. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

Cartilage procedure: Microfracture is an arthroscopic surgery technique that restores cartilage in an area of cartilage deficit. By poking holes in the bone with an instrument that looks like an ice pick, bleeding occurs, which stimulates growth factors to create scar cartilage - which is not as good as the cartilage one is born with, but it can help with pain. Usually requires 6 weeks of non weight bearing afterward. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

"Acute" = New/recent: "acute" just means that whatever it is is new. So "acute fracture" means the bone is recently broken. Usually we can see signs of healing on an x-ray as time goes on. If healing signs are seen, you would not call the fracture "acute". ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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What does it mean to fracture your neck?

What does it mean to fracture your neck?

Cervical Fracture: There are 7 cervical bones, that join the base of the skull to the rest of the spine in the thoracic (chest) area. A fracture of your neck means that one of these 7 bones has a fracture somewhere. Some are unstable and life-threatening, while others are stable and relatively minor. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a radicular pain?

What does it mean to have a radicular pain?

Radiculopathies: The term radiculopathy refers to a disease process that involves one or more of the spinal nerve roots. Typically there are 3 most common causes: a herniated disc, central spinal stenosis and lateral spinal stenosis. As a result of the initial insult or injury pain travels along the nerve root distribution in the body. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a rolled ankle?

What does it mean to have a rolled ankle?

Sprain: Most people are describing a sprain (ligament tear) when they say they rolled their ankle. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean to dislocate a joint?

What does it mean to dislocate a joint?

Definition: Joints have different degrees on stability. Some joints are naturally more stable than others. All joints require soft tissue restraints in the form of ligaments and muscles to increase their stability. When these structures are stretched or torn the joint can become unstable and pop out of place and is then termed a joint dislocation. ...Read more

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What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

What is does it mean to have dislocation of the shoulder?

Shoulder Instability: Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The top of your arm forms the ball and the socket is deep inside the shoulder. It is similar to a golf ball on a golf tee. If the ball falls off the socket then the shoulder is dislocated. Most dislocations are related to the ligaments of the shoulder being stretched or torn. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

Joining bones: A spinal fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

Varies: Usually this means that the disk material has moved out of it normal surrounding into the adjacent tissues. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

UCL tear: Gamekeepers thumb is the common name for ulnar collateral ligament tear. It is the ligament on the inside of the thumb. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

Torn=ripped a part: Acl=anterior-cruciate-ligament. This is a tough ligament connecting the upper back of knee to lower front of knee (see pic). A torn acl means a tear--which could be partial or complete. Complete-tear = totally ripped a part as shown here. It is an important ligament in knee, especially for active folks, like athletes. If you are very active, consider have it repaired. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a strained rotator cuff?

What does it mean to have a strained rotator cuff?

No much: A strain implies the muscle has been overloaded in some fashion but no structural damage has occurred. The fact that it hurts implies injury but not all injury is structurally significant. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Ivankovich
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Clavicle Fracture (Definition)

The clavicle is the bone that connects the scapula to the sternum. A fracture (also known as a "break") can occur from a direct blow to the shoulder. The treatment ranges from non-operative treatment in a sling to open treatment with metallic implants. An orthopaedic surgeon can provide more answers. For more ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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 ...Read more