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Which type of pain medication(s) do you get for a broken bone?

Which type of pain medication(s) do you get for a broken bone?

Narcotics often: Avoid non steroidal anti-inflammatories as they can adversely effect bone union and healing. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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Please answer! what kind of pain medication(s) do you get for a broken bone?

Please answer! what kind of pain medication(s) do you get for a broken bone?

Pain meds vary: from patient to patient, doc to doc and depend on the type of fracture. Surgical fixation of fracture typically warrants a narcotic, on-surgical fixation is typically treated with a low dose narcotic or Nsaid, tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How should I address broken bones?

How should I address broken bones?

Orthopaedic eval: Broken bones can be addressed in many ways. Most fractures take about 6 wks to heal. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization. Displaced fractures require closed (manipulation) or open reduction (surgery). Fractures involving the joint surface often require surgical fixation. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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Broken bones weaker after it heals?

Varies: Some bones can actually be stronger after they heal due to the extra bone that has formed to heal the fracture. ...Read more

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How might one exercise with broken bones?

How might one exercise with broken bones?

Be compliant: It is good to be active in general, and there is really not any fracture you can have that can totally make you not able to exercise shirt of some type of spinal injury, but you need to be compliant to make sure your activity level does not cause a poor outcome with your break. Check the specifics of your case with your doctor, then exercise on within your specific restrictions. ...Read more

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How are broken bones treated in the 1920s?

How are broken bones treated in the 1920s?

Treated close w cast: Closed fractures were usually treated with plaster of Paris casting, possibly with wedging to correct angular deformities ...Read more

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What's a common symptom for fractured bone?

What's a common symptom for fractured bone?

Fracture: All of those are true but stress fractures can present without deformity but have pain and bruising ...Read more

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Are broken bones just as strong once healed?

Are broken bones just as strong once healed?

Varies: It varies somewhat. Sometimes, because of the increased bone growth to heal the fracture, the bone can actually be stronger. In perfect scenario, bone heals to the exact alignment and strength it was previously. Good question. ...Read more

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How long will a fractured bone take to heal?

Fracture: The general response is 6 weeks. But it depends upon the personality of the fracture. Some bones are displaced, have poor blood supply, have multiple pieces, may be in immunocompromised hosts. Some don't heal & are called nonunions. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken bones?

Pain upon palpating: Localized pain in the affected are associated to loss of function and edema or swelling. Persistent pain in an injured bony area despite usual conservative treatment with r.I.C.E. (rest, immobilization, cold compresses, elevation of the area). ...Read more

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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What are the different types of bone fractures?

What are the different types of bone fractures?

Many types...: The basic categories would be open or closed, i.E whether there is an associated break in the overlying skin exposing the fracture to the outside and thereby increasing chance of infection. Also, intra or extra articular, i.e.Whether it is involving the joint. Also, comminuted, i.E whether the break involves two or more pieces. And lastly, displaced, that is whether the pieces have moved or not. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

What to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

Depends: Depends on location of the tibia fracture. IF you have not seen an orthopaedic surgeon yet, you should. Majority of adults need surgical treatment of tibia fractures whether they are proximal, shaft or distal types. Rule of thumb for most fractures-12 weeks for bone to heal if you are healthy and the bones are well aligned. Do you have xrays handy? ...Read more

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What complications can result from broken bones?

What complications can result from broken bones?

Depends: Fractures that involve the joint surface may increase chances of arthritis and joint stiffness. Fractures can take longer to heal (delayed union), may heal in poor position (malunion), or may not heal at all (nonunion). All of these issues can have numerous sequelae. If you have a question about any of these, ask a more specific question. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of broken bones?

Trauma: Most bones are broken as the result of trauma such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, or work injuries. ...Read more

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What happens if broken bones are left untreated?

Varies: Some fractures can heal just fine without any care. Others may not heal (non Union) or heal in a bad position leading to a poor outcome (malunion), depends on the specific fracture. ...Read more

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How can you fix an already healed fractured bone?

Yes: I assume you are referring to a fracture that healed in the wrong position. We call this a "mal-union". In other words the fracture healed in a position that may be unacceptable. It can be taken down, repositioned and fixed in a new or perhaps better position. ...Read more

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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