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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 can you fix an already healed fractured bone?

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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What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

6-8 weeks: In a healthy individual, bone normally takes between 6-8 weeks. If the break is severe and resulted in gapping between the fracture fragments, it may take longer to bridge the gap. ...Read more

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What could happen if you left a broken or fractured bone untreated?

What could happen if you left a broken or fractured bone untreated?

Some time it heal: By it self some time it dose not.
1-nonhealing.
2-healed with deformity which to limited mobility or limited function.
3-it could growth disturbance of the bone.
4-it cause cosmetic problem.
5-it could effect the nerve function.
6-it could joint dysfunction. ...Read more

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How can a bone fracture heal?

How can a bone fracture heal?

It's a complex-: -process but it is essentially: bone breaks, body realizes it, a process of removing debris & blood from the fracture, inflammatory reaction takes place & various cells do there thing and fibrous lattice is formed stem cells enter and form bone in this structure. Also blood supply is in the mix, from periosteum, it matures & bone healed. It's a genetically programmed response. ...Read more

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How can you treat a bone fracture?

Range: A wide range depending upon the patient, location, severity, acuteness and a host of factors. Orthopedic surgeons care for fractures. ...Read more

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What does a bone fracture feel like?

Pain: Typically you will have pain and swelling at the site
of the injury
If it is a leg injury you will likely have difficulty with
walking and weightbearing ...Read more

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What is done to heal a bone fracture?

What is done to heal a bone fracture?

Many things: Depending on the location and type of fracture, treatments include anything from immobilization and casting to surgery. If you are concerned you broke a bone, I would recommend evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I quickly heal a bone fracture?

How do I quickly heal a bone fracture?

Treat and health: The most efficient way to heal a fracture is to get correct appropriate treatment for that specific fracture. Maintaining good health and a proper nutritionally balanced diet aids in fracture healing too. If you are a smoker having a fracture is as good a reason to stop as any, smokers typically have harder times healing fractures. ...Read more

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Will having a bone fracture always hurt?

Will having a bone fracture always hurt?

Yes: I have not seen a fracture yet that was not accompanied by some degree of pain. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a bone fracture?

X-ray: The first imaging study that would be appropriate is an x-ray. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a bone fracture?

It depend: What kind of fracture and what bone, the age of the patient in general it takes 4-16 weeks. ...Read more

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What does a transverse bone fracture look like?

What does a transverse bone fracture look like?

Transverse refers: To a line that is perpendicular to the long axis of the bone. So for a vertically oriented bone, transverse means the fracture goes in a horizontal line across the bone or across the width of the bone (but usually width is the shorter distance across for long bones) Other words used to describe fracture line are oblique, spiral, longitudinal, The effect depends upon where and in who it is in. ...Read more

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For how long does a bone fracture take to heal?

Depends: Healing depends on age, younger person faster healing, and mineralization, slower with osteoporosis. Deformity at fracture site such as angulation or displacement increases tiem for healing. ...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


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