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I have a boxer's fracture, I set the bone immediately after I broke it and splinted it, but cannot afford a dr copay. Are painkillers obtainable?

I have a boxer's fracture, I set the bone immediately after I broke it and splinted it, but cannot afford a dr copay. Are painkillers obtainable?

Not on telemedicine: I recommend checking with a doc to make sure that it will heal correctly.
For pain, anti inflammatory medications such as Motrin can be taken at the same time as Tylenol. You can also use ice. These are over the counter. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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Best diet to heal broken bones?

Best diet to heal broken bones?

Regular: Plus multivi and calcium plus vitamin D = 1500-1800 mg daily. ...Read more

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Broken bones weaker after it heals?

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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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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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?

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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Which doctors treat broken bones?

Which doctors treat broken bones?

Orthopedic surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons are the specialists that typically treat fractures and other abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Is anesthesia always used when setting broken bones?

Is anesthesia always used when setting broken bones?

Sometimes: This will depend upon several factors: severity of the fracture, timing of the injury, patient age and medical condition, coexisting injuries, and so forth. Those mds who specialize in caring for fractures want to assure patient comfort, safety and successful healing. If anesthesia or sedation will be helpful and safe, doctors won't hesitate. Don't worry! ...Read more

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit level?

Do broken bones cause low hematocrit level?

Yes: Fractures can cause significant bleeding if there is involvement of blood producing bone marrow. It is usually restored in time with healing of the fracture and restoration of blood stores in a healthy patient. ...Read more

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How long does for two broken bones in the arm to heal?

How long does for two broken bones in the arm to heal?

Eight weeks: Usually take between six to eight weeks for an adult, children heal a lot faster depending upon the age. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are casts for broken bones made of?

Could you tell me what are casts for broken bones made of?

Fiberglass: Most these days are fiberglass. Plaster of paris is still used by some. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Fiberglass is "waterproof" (but one has to use a hairdryer to drive the water out to avoid skin irritation). Plaster tends to be less expensive and easier to mold, but has to be kept dry. ...Read more

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What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

Varies: There are not really any foods we know that help bones heal faster. We do know some things that can potentially delay bone healing including nicotine products and medications that inhibit inflammation (inflammation is a part of bone healing and so to block it delays bone healing). Good question. ...Read more

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Do they always put casts on broken bones or only in serious cases?

Do they always put casts on broken bones or only in serious cases?

Not always: Not always, but pretty commonly. Most fractured bones need some type of immobilization to prevent further displacement, but there are some that we don't use a cast such as fractures of the: clavicle, scapula, proximal humerus, and some finger fractures. Good question! ...Read more

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Do broken bones in the leg grow back stronger after they are break?

Not usually: A leg bone fracture will appear on x-ray to have more calcium in the healing area (for a while), but a bone's strength depends on the microscopic structure inside the bone, not just the amount of calcium. In a growing child, a well-healed bone can be stronger 6 months after the break, than before the break, because the child is now older so all his bones should be stronger than 6 months earlier. ...Read more

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What treatment do you use on broken bones if in middle of wilderness?

What treatment do you use on broken bones if in middle of wilderness?

Immobilize/splint fx: The principles of splinting & immobilization for comfort and transport still hold true in the wilderness. The situation is more difficult due to potential scarcity of adequate materials useful for the task. Sturdy branches or similar material from a backpack frame can be used ingeniously to fashion a splint that holds the broken limb in a stable somewhat straight & reasonably comfortable position. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter pain relief would you recommend for broken bones?

What over-the-counter pain relief would you recommend for broken bones?

NSAID's: The best group of medications for bone pain are referred to as nsaid's. This group includes such drugs as aleve, (naproxen) motrin, and aspirin. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's any relations regarding masturbating and healing of broken bones?

There isn't: Anyone who told you that your fracture wouldn't heal if you enjoy your body like usual was either badly misinformed or actually trying to mislead you. Life's difficult enough without such foolish superstitions. ...Read more

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Which methods are there to fix broken bones aside from cast, orif and oref?

Which methods are there to fix broken bones aside from cast, orif and oref?

Besides the ones U -: Mentioned (casts, ; orif); there is intra medullary nailing (imn) or commonly called rodding a bone. This is one of the most common method of fixing a bone with excellent results. Some bones, which form a joint, if broken with associated arthritis of a severe degree, can be treated with a joint replacement as well, like the hip or knee replacements. ...Read more

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Why should ultra sound therapy be used for broken bones?

It speeds up healing: All day long our bones undergo a process called remodeling, which keep the bones healthy by fixing small breaks, all the time. Remodeling, bone healing, is slower when there's no stress on the bone when it is immobilized: when you can't walk on it, or when it's in a cast and you can't move it. Ultrasound acts like stress on a bone and tricks the bone into growing. ...Read more

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Do painkillers affect bone density?

No: But some medicines, notably the h2 blockers like Cimetidine and the proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, can reduce calcium absorption. Some studies have suggested this can lead to increased fracture risk in the long run. ...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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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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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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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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I have broken bones from kettlebell? What should I do?

Depends: You may not need anything or you may need one or more of the following: crutches, cast, a brace, or surgery. Its unclear as to what type of fracture you are experiencing. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Why can't they do xrays instead of cts for broken bones?

Why can't they do xrays instead of cts for broken bones?

They do: Plain films, also known as "x-rays", are the test of choice to evaluate someone for fractures or broken bones. If the fracture is complicated, not well seen, or more detailed information is desired for some other reason, then the next line of choice is a ct scan which provides more accurate details. ...Read more

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How long should it take for pain to subside in broken bones?

Varies: It really varies based upon the specific nature of the fracture and also whether or not there were any other components to the injury. A very general thumb is that many fracture heal over 6-8 weeks and are reaching full recovery from many fractures by 12-16 weeks. This is certainly a generalization and many fractures do not fall within this, discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do doctors repair broken bones?

Varies: Varies completely based upon specific nature of fracture and characteristics of the patient. Among possibilities: observation, cast or splint, closed reduction followed by cast or splint, closed reduction with internal fixation, and open reduction and internal fixation to name a few; also im rod fixation and external fixation as well. ...Read more

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When broken bones heal does it get itchy?

Yes. I believe its -: Due to the skin cells under a cast or a splint, which accumulate under the cast/splint, causing itching. Normally without such covering, the skin cells fall off, during normal activities.
After the fx heals and cast is removed, with normal washing, the skin cells are removed, so itching decreases in a few days. ...Read more

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Can jra make you prone to more broken bones?

Not directly: However, some meds, especially prednisone, can increase the risk of osteoporosis and subsequent fracture. Also inflamed joints that are not used normally can lead to localized osteoporosis or muscle atrophy which again can increase fracture risk. ...Read more

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How do you stabilize broken bones on way to er?

Splinting: Anything long and stiff can be made into a splint to hold broken bones stable. Books, brooms, and cardboard boxes have all been used. Sometimes it is just as easy to leave the bones in place and not move it at all. Splinting should also be done without moving the current position of the broken bone, even if it looks odd. In some cases, straightening can cause damage. ...Read more

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Do broken bones heal when someone is in a coma?

Do broken bones heal when someone is in a coma?

Yes: Fractures can heal when someone is in a coma. However, people who are bedridden permanently or for long periods of time may often develop weakening of the bones, and often times have other co-morbid problems that accompany their comatose state, like certain nutritional deficiencies that might make them more prone to have fractures. ...Read more

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How much time do broken bones hurt after healing?

Healing=painless: When the bone is healed, it should stop hurting ...Read more

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What is the time frame for broken bones beginning to fuse back together?

Varies: It varies based upon the bone involved and the specifics of the fracture. That being said, a general rule of thumb is that most fractures heal by 8-12 weeks. Again, there are certainly exceptions to that general statement. Don't hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are some children more genetically prone to broken bones than other children?

Are some children more genetically prone to broken bones than other children?

Yes: Yes, for example osteogenesis imperfecta is a condition in which children have extremely fragile bones, leading to multiple fractures. If you are concerned about such a possibility, see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

No: Heat will make the area feel better, but will not accelerate bone healing. ...Read more

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Does marijuana slow recovery for broken bones?

Does marijuana slow recovery for broken bones?

Pot: Studies have shown that this can be the case. ...Read more

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


Painkiller (Definition)

"painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that ...Read more