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What are the tests for arm fracture?

What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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How is an arm fracture typically treated?

How is an arm fracture typically treated?

Depends: I'm not exactly sure what portion of the arm that you really are referring to. Some fractures of the shoulder or the humerus require surgery, yet many do not. Many fractures, if not most, of the forearm, require surgery to preserve your range of motion after the fracture heals. So obviously the treatment recommendation depends on the type of fracture and its location. ...Read more

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How is an arm fracture typically diagnosed?

How is an arm fracture typically diagnosed?

X-ray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arm fracture?

What is the definition or description of: arm fracture?

Bone broken in arm: An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, require surgery in adults. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a child having an arm fracture from biking?

What are the risks of a child having an arm fracture from biking?

Variable: No strong evidence...But same as skiing, snowboarding, jumping on trampoline and being an active kid. ...Read more

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Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Depends: The fracture label can be applied to a torus fracture, which is like a dent in a bear can & doesn't have any instability at all. If anything these are sometimes put in a splint more to remind the kid s/he is injured until it heals. Casting may be delayed until swelling subsides, so it can work better. It's primary role is providing a stable protected positioning. Not all fractures need it. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Varies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can. It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. ...Read more

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Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod won't come in?

Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod won't come in?

Temporary bracing: Some peds offices are not set up to make the temporary splints used after a fracture. The swelling around the site will often prevent a good fit for any cast.Within a few days the swelling goes down & the cast would be too loose. A temporary splint, employing one hard side, padding & often ace wraps is applied by er techs & the kid seen in the ortho office in 3-5 days for the long term cast. ...Read more

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If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

?? signs??: Kids capable of waking off an injury will, they are more interested in playing & seldom stop unless something really hurts. If no obvious deformity or discoloration of the skin, you might watch it for a while & place a cool compress to help the pain & reduce the swelling. Do this only if the kid can make a fist & extend it & roll the hand back & forth. If not, get it checked now. ...Read more

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6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

Official xray report: Sounds like you have either a delayed union vs. Non union of the bone.

A delayed union is a fracture that still has the potential to heal though it may take up to a year or so to do so. Bracing and a bone stimulator can help.

BUT if the X-ray shows signs that it is a non union then it is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Xray criteria for each condition are well documented ...Read more

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What can I do about tingling in finger/hand after arm fracture?

What can I do about tingling in finger/hand after arm fracture?

Tingling finger: If this is a new finding since treatment, you should speak with your surgeon immediately. If this occurred some time ago, namely at the same time as injury, your surgeon will be able to give you a timeframe for recovery. Elevation for swelling, proper nutrition, and patience will likely be important. ...Read more

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I have a broken arm and I need some tips I been with a brace for 1 month but my fracture still move?

I have a broken arm and I need some tips I been with a brace for 1 month but my fracture still move?

Need more info: Which bone is fractured and does the brace include the elbow or does it just immobilize the wrist? ...Read more

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I have suffered a further spontanious rib fracture - several previously due to trauma and a recent badly broken arm. What can improve bone strength?

DEXA scan: You do not mention your age. The first thing is to see your doctor. A DEXA scan (bone density test) will tell you if your bones are more likely to fracture. Then meds can help to strengthen them. ...Read more

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Is there a reason I had a broken arm when I was 2 years old, I have fractured bones throughout my life, & I also have joint pain and discomfort daily?

Is there a reason I had a broken arm when I was 2 years old, I have fractured bones throughout my life, & I also have joint pain and discomfort daily?

Fractures: You may have osteogenesis imperfecta type I which can cause fractures of the long bones, and vertebrae. It also cause joint pain and general discomfort seek help from an orthopedist associated with a teaching hospital and a geneticist to review your situation. ...Read more

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Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat arm fractures. Some internists, family practitioners and er physicians can also advise you.
The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons website might also help (www. Aaos. Org). ...Read more

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How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

Bag, cast guards: Depending on the type of immobilization you have and the recommendations of your physician, a well sealed garbage bag or specially made cast guard (on-line or at medical supply store) can be used for casts and splints. ...Read more

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Is an xray the only way to know if my arm fractured or is it muscle damage?

Is an xray the only way to know if my arm fractured or is it muscle damage?

Usually: Xrays are the definitive method for diagnosing a fracture, but a deformity of the arm can also suggest the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is prescribed for a compound fracture in the right arm?

Varies: They are several factors taking place when making a decision as how to treat an open fx (compound fx)all depend what degree of contamination, is just a punture wound or is the bone sticking out trough the skin, is the fx comminuted (several pieces)or simple fx. So you can see that the treatment varies according those conditions. ...Read more

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Can a fracture in one arm bone accompany a fracture in another?

Can a fracture in one arm bone accompany a fracture in another?

Menopausal?: It can if your bones have lost their density as in osteoporosis or osteopenia, you must also exclude bone illness. I suggest seeing your gyn and getting a bone desitometry study. I laso suggest daily supplementation of calcium with vitamin d (os cal plus d). ...Read more

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Please answer! What will happen if a bone fracture in the arm is not treated for over a year?

Need more info: Not sure where in the arm the fracture is/ was located? Humerus? Radius? Ulna? Really cannot answer w/o this minimum of information. Best to send a picture of the ap/ lat x-ray and then an answer would be forthcoming. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

Typically as soon: As the cast comes off rehab begins and even before range of motion of fingers, elbow if free and even forearm rotation. Therapy is not static, it changes as one progresses, alters depending upon what is needed AND you don't just get therapy when there, one needs to do exercises all the time at home to do well. Speak to your doctor and therapist, don't delay too long ...Read more

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I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

If: If you have compression fractures, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in your back, it's likely the same processes are occurring in your neck. When the nerve roots in your neck are pinched or irritated by bulging discs or osteophytes (bone spurs), you could have pain, numbness or other sensations in your arms and hands. (it's like having sciatica in your arms.) if left untreated, you could eventually develop weakness in your upper extremities.
See your doctor about these symptoms. He/she may want to arrange an MRI of your neck.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I fell on my elbow badly a week ago. Still can't outstretch my arm fully, hold anything, or use that arm to get up. X ray shows no fracture. Help?

Consider: A follow up visit with your doctor if symptoms don't improve in 10-14 days after the trauma. Sometimes acute fractures aren't seen on xray requiring repeat x-rays evaluation to see a fracture line. ...Read more

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Are there any hand, wrist or arm fractures that cannot possibily be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand? I'm a mystery writer and need an injury that could be due to someone deflecting the arm of a gun-wielding perp.

Are there any hand, wrist or arm fractures that cannot possibily be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand? I'm a mystery writer and need an injury that could be due to someone deflecting the arm of a gun-wielding perp.

Your: Your best bet is probably what is called the "nightstick" fracture. If you need some technical help, I could help with the ways to distinguish a "direct mechanism" fracture from an "indirect" one. While an ulnar shaft fracture can be caused by a fall, the pattern would be slightly different from a true "nightstick.". ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dislocated elbow to be fractured upon reduction if it was done improperly or by someone untrained? My daughter had what we thought was nurse maids elbow and wile in getting x-rays, the tech heard it pop. She was able to move her arm a

Is it possible for a dislocated elbow to be fractured upon reduction if it was done improperly or by someone untrained? My daughter had what we thought was nurse maids elbow and wile in getting x-rays, the tech heard it pop. She was able to move her arm a

There: There are a couple of possibilities: one is that the fracture was already there and was easier to see once the joint reduced (popped back into place). The other is that the fracture occured when the elbow reduced. Usually a radiology technician does not put any significant force on an extremity while getting the x-rays. Sometimes they will even have the physician position the patient if he/she is particularly concerned. It is unlikely that the technician put enough force on the elbow to cause a fracture. Some dislocations will pop into place with minimal force and that is more likely what happened. Once the deformity is corrected, the swelling is more evident and it will continue to increase for 48 to 72 hours after an injury.

The x-rays will often tell the story. Depending on the size and direction of the fragment, we can sometimes get an idea of which direction the force was that caused the fragment. Review the x-rays with the treating physician. He/she may be able to make a final determination, but that is not always the case. However, I think the more likely answer is that the fracture was already there. ...Read more

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Bruised and painful arm. Could it be a fracture?

Bruised and painful arm. Could it be a fracture?

Need an X-ray: You will need an x-ray and medical evaluation to answer this question accurately. ...Read more

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How do I know if I broke or fractured my arm? What are the signs?

How do I know if I broke or fractured my arm? What are the signs?

To be certain, x-ray: Pain, swelling, lack of motion, and/ or tenderness to touch following an injury could indicate fracture, but deformity is a sure sign if the area is away from a joint. If near a joint deformity could mean fracture or dislocaiton.

The best way to know for sure is to have an x-ray. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured arm take to heal?

6 weeks: Most fractures will heal within 6 weeks, but sometimes less time, and other times more. ...Read more

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I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

I do not know if my arm is sprained or fractured?

Have it checked out: The old saying " if I can move it, it must not be broken" is not true. Fractures usually hurt more than sprains, but everyone's pain tolerance is different. If the pain is significant and it hurts to move the area or touch the region, then it should be checked by a physician, either an urgent care center or an ER doc. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured arm to heal?

How long does it take for a fractured arm to heal?

8-12 weeks: Depending on type of fracture and location and general condition of host (healthy or multiple medical problems) fracture healing is variable but most heal in 10 weeks with sufficient strength to use normally. ...Read more

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Will a fractured arm ever heal to be the same again?

Will a fractured arm ever heal to be the same again?

Stronger: Actually it is believed that where a bone heals will actually be stronger, due to laying down of new bone material. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...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