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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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I suffered a bad fall from an mva 2 days ago and got four stitches. I was diagnosed with a basal skull fracture, but thescan showed no other injury to neck or spine. I have somenausea and headache. What would be the recovery time?

I suffered a bad fall from an mva 2 days ago and got four stitches. I was diagnosed with a basal skull fracture, but thescan showed no other injury to neck or spine. I have somenausea and headache. What would be the recovery time?

A few weeks: The wound should heal within just 2 - 3 weeks. The skull fracture should largely heal within 4 - 8 weeks, depending on each individual's health condition. Most of the pain from the fracture should resolve within just 2 - 3 weeks. Mvas can cause associated soft tissue injury that can take longer to treat/heal. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise, stretch, to improve range of motion, strength & endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Can basal skull fracture result in neck arthritis ?

Can basal skull fracture result in neck arthritis ?

Trauma can: Lead to arthritis. While the basal skull frx may have caused a number of issues at first, long term, if no displaced fragments it should heal without issue. However trauma significant enough to cause a basal skull frx probably did damage to joints of cervical spine, like facets, that could lead to arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a baislar skull fracture?

Basilar Skull fxr: The classic signs of a basilar skull fracture include "raccoon eyes" and "battle's sign". Raccoon eyes = dark discoloration around the eyes that, well, gives a raccoon like appearance. Battle's sign is a hematoma (bruising and bulge) behind the ear. Other signs include bloody drainage from the ear with or without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage from the ear. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Protect the area. Don't do things that hurt.
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Get the area X-rayed
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Follow the advice of the doctor and allow the area to heal
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What sign is commonly observed in a person with a basilar skull fracture?

Blood under the skin: When the base of the skull breaks, the force required will cause some bleeding. This blood can track to a nearby surface, under the skin. The most likely areas are underneath the eyes in the soft tissue of the lids, and behind the ear-on the falt surface of the mastoid bone. You can also leak fluid for mthe nose or ear, if the brain covering is torn. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of basilar skull fracture I should be looking for?

Skull fracture: The most common symptoms of basilar skull fracture are bruising around one or both eyes (a black eye) without known injury or blow to this area of the face; may also get blood behind the ear on the side of the fracture. Less commonly there may be leakage of spinal fluid from the nose or the ear. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Follow weightbearing orders
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Eat well
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Follow physician instructions
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Follow up as directed
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Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Would toddler have symptoms w/ skull fracture? He bump heads w/bro. There's a soft red swollen bump on forehead for 3 days. Touch doesn't bother him.

Often not: But our design is protective here.The forehead in toddlers is thicker than other parts of the skull and if he shows no signs of altered behavior nor illness it is probably O.K. Make his brother stop roughing him up. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more

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