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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

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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 is a broken bone detected?

How is a broken bone detected?

Exam, X-ray: Usually a physical exam and X-ray are first tests in patient with a suspected fracture. If X-ray negative, but suspicion still strong, then further testing such as an MRI, ct scan, or bone scan may be ordered. ...Read more

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What does a broken bone feel like?

What does a broken bone feel like?

Very painful but: It can be very painful or be very mild. It is worse if the bones are not left in their anatomical position. Those that still oppose each other end to end can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How should you place a broken bone?

How should you place a broken bone?

Depends: If it is a limb placing it above your heart usually helps keep the swelling and pain down. Which bone are you referring to? ...Read more

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How does a broken bone heal itself?

How does a broken bone heal itself?

Fracture healing: In general, there are 3 stages of fracture healing. Stage 1-Inflammatory Phase with hematoma formation. Stage 2-Repair Phase with bony callus formation. Stage 3-Remodeling Phase with consolidation of callus and return of relatively normal bone structure. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain of a broken bone?

How bad is the pain of a broken bone?

Variable: Pain is relative to people and bone andand type ofworkouts fracture...So it depends...But they generally hurt. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken bone?

How do I know if I have a broken bone?

Pain and X-Ray.: Under normal circumstances, one would expect to have some pain, swelling, bruising or any combination of these symptoms. There are conditions that the pain may not be noticed. The only sure way to remove all doubt is to have the area x-rayed. ...Read more

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How can you know you have a broken bone?

How can you know you have a broken bone?

X-ray: Best method of diagnosis is x-ray. Occasionally, when a fracture is suspected, but x-ray is not diagnostic, other studies may be recommended. This may include MRI or bone scan. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a broken bone.?

See below: Pain, swelling and sometimes deformity are the usual common findings. ...Read more

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How long will a broken bone take to heal?

How long will a broken bone take to heal?

It depends: Small bones usually take around 6 weeks while large bones like the thigh bone can take months, and months to heal even in perfectly healthy people. ...Read more

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How can you tell if I have a broken bone?

Pain, swelling. : If something hurts, is swollen, is bruised, or doesn't seem to be aligned the way you remember it, see your doctor for an x-ray. X-rays are the best way to tell definitively if a bone is broken. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a broken bone?

How do you know if you have a broken bone?

X-ray: The best way would be to have an x-ray but pain and deformity would be a good indicator. ...Read more

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What does it feel like I have a broken bone?

What does it feel like I have a broken bone?

Pain and history of: You have to have injury to break a bone and it is almost always painful
xrays will confirm it in most cases. ...Read more

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What's the strength of a healed broken bone?

Normal: The same that a normal bone, once the bone is healed the physical properties are the same of a normal bone. ...Read more

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Broken bone only half way healed, what to do?

Broken bone only half way healed, what to do?

Immobilize: Keep it immobilized and allow the bones to regrow at the edges and find each other. If there is nonunion, speak to your ortho and ask as there may be a cause and something may need to be done. ...Read more

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Does a broken bone ever really heal completely?

Yes: Actually when bone heals completely it is stronger than original. ...Read more

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How do you determine if you have a broken bone?

How do you determine if you have a broken bone?

Fracture: Pain is the biggest symptom you typically would have, especially with any activity. A physical exam and radiographs (xrays) performed by your local physician or local orthopedic surgeon are the best way to evaluate for a possible fracture. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I have a broken bone?

Depends: where?
Which bone?

Swelling, pain, distortion,
Improvement and healing over 6-8 weeks!! ...Read more

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How long does it takes to recover a broken bone?

How long does it takes to recover a broken bone?

About 6 Weeks: In general, fractures take about 6 weeks to heal, but this could be longer for certain types of fractures and certain bones with poor blood supply. Also, the bone may be healed, but there is other tissue that is damaged that also needs to be considered in predicting recovery. If you think you have a broken bone you should see a doctor to do a history and physical and order appropriate xrays. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of broken bone?

What are the most common symptoms of broken bone?

Pain/bruise/swelling: Bones have most of their living structure on the outside surface, like bark on a tree. Bone bruises can produce significant pain, but breaks will add some blood pooling (bruising) & swelling to the mix. The more dramatic the fracture the more likely a visable deformity & rarely bone parts will stick out thru the skin. ...Read more

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What can happen if you didn't treat a broken bone?

What can happen if you didn't treat a broken bone?

May not heal: If you do not treat a fx bone properly it could go to a condition of non union or no healing, however they are certain fx of certain bones that may heal with no treatment. ...Read more

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How does a fractured bone differ from a broken bone?

It doesn't.: In basic terms, the two are interchangeable. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! ...Read more

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What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

Many!: Some 'recent' advances in fracture fixation and healing include:the use of locked plating in osteopenic bone, the use of bone graft substitutes instead of the pts. Own bone(demineralized bone matrix and others)to speed the healing of fractures, precontoured plates for specific fractures ... See your ors for other examples! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Broken bone?

Is it broken?: 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 be about 10-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Approximately how long until a broken bone fully heals?

Depends: A bone heals based on the location and type of fracture, as well as which specific bone and type of treatment. It can vary from a few weeks to many months. ...Read more

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Does a broken bone heal perfectly if treated right away?

Usually: It does depend on the bone fractured and the severity of the fracture. Is it a simple break or is the bone shattered for instance? A fractured spine is different than a fractured toe. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a broken bone to heal?

How long does it usually take for a broken bone to heal?

6-12 weeks: Most fractures of the the foot ankle hand wrist and forearm heal in 6-8 weeks . Fracture of the tibia femur and humerus may take up to 10-12 weeks (longer in some cases). ...Read more

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My previously broken bone is hurting again. What should I do?

See your orthopedist: You can try simple medication like ibroprofen or Naproxen or acetaminophen. If the pain is more than an ache, persists, or worsens, see the orthopaedist who took care of you for the broken bone. You could also get a second opinion from another orthopaedist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,321 doctors shared insights

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