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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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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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 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I tell if my arm is fractured?

Pain, swelling: And deformity. When you have injury and following the injury we have pain, swelling and deformity you could say for sure I have fracture. If there is no deformity and have pain and swelling still you could have fracture check it with x-ray. ...Read more

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How can you know if your arm is fractured?

How can you know if your arm is fractured?

Usually x-rays: Schedule appt. With orthopedic surgeon. Exam and x-rays usually confirm fracture diagnoses, with only rare exceptions. Rarley, ct/mri will be needed. In some cases, sprains and fractures can be hard to distinguish without x-rays. ...Read more

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How do I know if my arm is fractured or broken or sprained?

Get an X-ray: An x-ray will allow you to tell if there is a broken bone. If the x-ray does not show a broken bone, then you may have a sprain. ...Read more

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I don't konw if my arm is fractured or sprained. How can I tell?

Need an X-ray: After an clinical evaluation, and xray would be the only way to determine the presence of a fracture. ...Read more

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Recently operated 4 a humerus fracture & my arm was fractured in another 2 areas while inserting the rod. How long will my arm take 2 recover?

Recently operated 4 a humerus fracture & my arm was fractured in another 2 areas while inserting the rod. How long will my arm take 2 recover?

Hard to say: Without reviewing the xray, its hard to say
if you sustained a further fracture while treating the humerus fracture it should heal
over 6-8 weeks
that would be a reasonable estimate based
on the available info. ...Read more

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How do I fix my fractured arm?

I agree: I agree with dr jones. Fractures are treated in different ways depending on several factors. Orthopedic surgeons are trained to evaluate and treat fractures appropriately. Follow your doctors advice. ...Read more

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