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I broke my arm, im a dancer how long will it take to fully heal?

I broke my arm, im a dancer how long will it take to fully heal?

Not enough info: What bone/ bones were fractured? What type of fracture? Was surgical intervention required? ...Read more

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I broke my arm when i was little they said it could cause future problems and it is. If my arm is locking up what does that mean?

I broke my arm when i was little they said it could cause future problems and it is. If my arm is locking up what does that mean?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes: malunion of fracture, growth abnormalities, post traumatic arthritis; don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if i fractured/broke my arm?

What to do if i fractured/broke my arm?

Get to a doctor: or ER. Stabilization is key for fractures as it will help with pain and prevent any further damage. the arm can be stabilized by a splint or Cast initially. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and permanent treatment can be either casting , splinting or surgery depending on the fracture. ...Read more

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I broke my arm none weeks ago. I am still having swelling, pain and numbness. How much longer before healed?

I broke my arm none weeks ago. I am still having swelling, pain and numbness. How much longer before healed?

Fracture healing: The answer depends on what kind of fracture, whether you had an operation to repair it, and what kind of a cast you are in. Pain and numbness in the arm at 9 weeks does suggest a problem that should be evaluated by your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Approximately two years ago i broke my arm playing and i haven't been able to do a full push up since. Any advice?

Yes: I would encourage you to be reassessed at this time. Maybe the arm needs rehab or perhaps there is another problem that needs further exploration. Take care. ...Read more

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I broke my arm 1 wk ago, 2 plates put in- why does wrist hurt?

I broke my arm 1 wk ago, 2 plates put in- why does wrist hurt?

Edema: Post operatively you will have significant swelling and inflammation from both the fracture as well as the surgery resulting in pain, this will take a number of weeks to settle down. This is normal. You may even develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of this swelling. Ice and elevation is important at this point. ...Read more

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I broke my arm and now my arm really itches inside my cast. Why?

I broke my arm and now my arm really itches inside my cast. Why?

Normal : Cast causes skin to become warm and dry which causes itching , so not to worry. ...Read more

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2 years I broke my arm at my basketball game broke both bones in half. I have been experiencing sharp pain in my lower arm. What's wrong?

Need to be examined: since you had an old injury, there are several possibilities. Rather than guessing, which is all anyone can do online, please go see a doctor - preferably the same doctor who helped you with the broken arm 2 years ago. ...Read more

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When I was 11 I broke my arm while throwing a ball. I am now 47 and still cannot throw a football or baseball as far as I could as a kid. Why?

When I was 11 I broke my arm while throwing a ball. I am now 47 and still cannot throw a football or baseball as far as I could as a kid. Why?

The question is...: Whether you permanently injured your arm as a child? Or whether you spent more time throwing a ball at age 11 than at age 47? Consider rephrasing the question. ...Read more

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Basically ever since i broke my arm its been killing ive had MRI scan on it and i can barely lift much because it hurts so much. What should I do?

Basically ever since i broke my arm its been killing ive had MRI scan on it and i can barely lift much because it hurts so much. What should I do?

Arm: I do not know if this is your forearm or humerus, and I do not know how bad you broke your arm. There can be muscle and nerve damage done with a break too. Also, although the break can be healed pain can persist for months after the healing especially with humerus fractures. ...Read more

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I broke my arm 5 months ago and finally got my cast off 3 weeks ago. Since then i can barely move my arm, huge shoulder pain. How can I improve it?

Physical Therapy: You should probably start in physical therapy right away and see your doctor. This is an important time to make sure you make a 100% recovery. ...Read more

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I broke my arm and now I can't open my right hand. Is there something wrong with my nerves?

I broke my arm and  now I can't open my right hand. Is there something wrong with my nerves?

Could be stiff joint: If you have not been moving all your fingers and wrist, they may have gotten stiff. If you can still fully move the fingers with your other hand, could be from nerve injury. ...Read more

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I broke my arm last week and after operation was given ultracet. It works wonders for pain but causes headache. Can I replace it with tramacet?

I broke my arm last week and after operation was given ultracet. It works wonders for pain but causes headache. Can I replace it with tramacet?

Generic equivalent: It is unusual that the analgesic would result in a headache. Has your BP been monitored?
Ultracet is a generic equivalent of Tramacet. So if you experience adverse effects from Ultracet, it is unlikely to be different on Tramacet. But since Tramacet is the ethical/origianl drug, it may be worth a try, in which case it is possible that the additives are the cause and not the active ingredient. ...Read more

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Can i take a half of a acetaminophen-codeine # 300-30 and a 500 mg tylenol tab before going to bed i broke my arm and have reduced my pain medication to one half tab morning and night.

Can i take a half of a acetaminophen-codeine # 300-30 and a 500 mg tylenol tab before going to bed i broke my arm and have reduced my pain medication to  one half tab morning and night.

Taking : Taking too much tylenol could be dangerous. That amount you listed is reasonable, but any more then that could be dangerous to your liver. You can take advil (ibuprofen) instead of the tylenol and it is safe with acetaminophen/codeine. ...Read more

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Last year I broke my arm. This year my finger. Do I have brittle bones?

Last year I broke my arm. This year my finger. Do I have brittle bones?

Not necessarily: If you have a high risk life style maybe you have bad luck. Family hx of bone disease or your age can be reasons for frequent injuries. This is a great question to ask your orthopedist who has your medical background to give you a more accurate opinion. ...Read more

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I broke my arm in several places. When hospital did X-rays my forearm has a large white patch on the bone?

I broke my arm in several places. When hospital did X-rays my forearm has a large white patch on the bone?

Not sure: Bone is normally white on x-ray. I would have to see the area you are concerned about. That is the only way I can know we are looking at the same thing. ...Read more

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I broke my arm in half in a motorcycle accident. Both bones snapped in half. I had surgery. How long until I can smoke tobacco again? In 2 weeks?

I broke my arm in half in a motorcycle accident. Both bones snapped in half. I had surgery. How long until I can smoke tobacco again? In 2 weeks?

Never!: Smoking affects your lungs recovery from surgery in the short term. Over time it causes lung cancer, emphysema,heart disease bladder cancer and impotence, just to name a few. You have already quit for two weeks now stay healthy. ...Read more

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If i broke my arm (proximal humerus fracture), what is the recovery time like?

If i broke my arm (proximal humerus fracture), what is the recovery time like?

Proximal humerus: It may take 6 weeks for boney healing, depending upon the displacement of the fracture, the health of the individual, and the quality of the surrounding soft tissues. ...Read more

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I think my implanon broke in my arm. Will they have to cut my arm open to get bothered pieces out?

I think my implanon broke in my arm. Will they have to cut my arm open to get bothered pieces out?

Implants: While a possibility, the likelihood of the implant breaking is very small. The best thing to do would be to have your doctor examine the site. There are imaging techniques such as xray that can identify the implant. Removal would be similar to if the implant were intact if indeed it is broken. ...Read more

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I broke my upper arm near to my elbow 24 days ago its a big fracture so I had a surgery and got 2 plates in. So how long does it take to heal. ?

I broke my upper arm near to my elbow 24 days ago its a big fracture so I had a surgery and got 2 plates in. So how long does it take to heal. ?

6-8 wks for the bone: This is a difficult fracture to treat. With rigid fixation and compression, the fracture should heal within 6-8 weeks. Usually motion is begun during the fracture healing process, with loss of extension being common. Expect full healing to take 6 months or more. ...Read more

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I had a surgery because I broke my left arm and some time later my finger nail is like its moulding away slowly an I have a lump near my fingernail?

I had a surgery because I broke my left arm and some time later  my finger nail is like its moulding away slowly an I have a lump near my fingernail?

Fingernail: I don't know if the two are related. Without seeing your nail and the lump we can't really say what it is. A trip to your doctor is indicated for evaluation. ...Read more

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I had accident last month & broke my left arm Ulna shift, the fracture is simple and not displaced. After 4 weeks the X-ray 2day not showing progress.

I had accident last month & broke my left arm Ulna shift, the fracture is simple and not displaced. After 4 weeks the X-ray 2day not showing progress.

Not unusual: That is not uncommon. For healing to show up in X-ray, it has to be pretty far along. Most ulnar shaft fractures heal by about 8 weeks, but we typically don't see much on X-ray at 4 weeks. The main reason we get an X-ray at that point is just to make sure it is still in good alignment. ...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