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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Possible: You re-fracture recently healed fracture or old healed fracture if you apply enough force on it to break the bone. Thank you. ...Read more

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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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My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

Chronic ankle injury: Given the history of fracture, your ankle probably has some degree of arthritis. Ibuprofen or alleve should help with this. More importantly you probably have a chronic ankle sprain as well. The best treatment for this is physical therapy with balance exercises. After an injury your ankle often loses the sense of its own position (proprioception) and balance retraining will help a lot. ...Read more

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Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Finger Fracture: Open finger fractures have a higher rate of infection then closed finger fractures but a lower rate of infection than open fractures in other areas of the body. They are usually treated with irrigation, debridement, fixation as needed and oral or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted.  However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

If : If you are concerned about circulation you should return to the er right away. If you cannot, you can try to gently loosen the splint, however if your fracture was reduced ( put back in place) the splint may be there to hold the fracture in that new position and you should nt just take it off. Typically one splints the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (near the nail and the joint above it) in extension or straight and the metacarpal phalangeal joints ( what we commonly refer to as our knuckles) in flexion. However swelling after a fracture can make a bandage get tighter and even if the bandage is not tight a flexed joint can compromise circulation if the finger swells too. Best to go back to the er or follow up with a hand surgeon in your area quickly. But if your circulation is compromised do not wait. ...Read more

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Is the word fractured a medical term?

Is the word fractured a medical term?

Yes and no: It is used in orthopedic to dsecripe the status of the bone. A bone fracture is a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone. It could be used also in other to discripe the same. ...Read more

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How can you heal a fractured back?

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How can you heal a fractured back?

Back: Orthopedic surgeon & physical therapy are your best bet. ...Read more

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How do I know that I have a fractured rib?

Easy to break a rib!: If you've had an injury that puts unusual force against a rib, you may be able to feel a very tender spot at the point of fracture. An xray can confirm a fracture. Often, however, you don't see the fracture initially - but a little while later, after new bone has formed around the fracture site. You often don't do much - other than comfort measures - as the broken rib heals...About six weeks! ...Read more

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What should I do to address a fractured back?

What should I do to address a fractured back?

It depends.: You can have fractures from major ot minor trauma. If you have a fracture for example from osteoporosis, than maybe you should see your internist and get started on a regimen for that. If the pain is severe and you can no longer tolerate the pain, then there may be other options and you should see a spinal specialist. ...Read more

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What do you do if someone got a fractured rib?

What do you do if someone got a fractured rib?

Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and screws to improve their lung function and decrease their stay in the icu. Otherwise, we let them heal on their own. ...Read more

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How do you i if my 5th metatarsal is fractured?

How do you i if my 5th metatarsal is fractured?

5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly. ...Read more

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How do you get a fractured back and what breaks?

How do you get a fractured back and what breaks?

Many ways: A fall, an accident, just about anyway you can break any bone. What breaks? Any part of the spine can break there are multiple vertebrae, these are the bones that comprise the spine, they are named after the region of the body they are in; cervical, thoracic, lumbar..Any one can crack or fracture. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a fractured lisfranc region?

Often missed in ER: Swelling, development of clearly asymmetrical deformity in one foot vs the other, pain in the midfoot definitely need to see your foot surgeon for proper assessment. ...Read more

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How do fractures heal?

How do fractures heal?

3 stages: There are three major phases of fracture healing, two of which can be further sub-divided to make a total of five phases; 1. Reactive phase i. Fracture and inflammatory phase ii. Granulation tissue formation 2. Reparative phase iii. Cartilage callus formation iv. Lamellar bone deposition 3. Remodeling phase v. Remodeling to original bone contour. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my arm is fractured?

Pain , swelling: And deformity. When you have injury and following the injury we have pain , swelling and deformity you could say for sure I have fracture. If there is no deformity and have pain and swelling still you could have fracture check it with x-ray. ...Read more

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What can make a fractured spine worse?

Early Movements: What make some fractures in the spine worse, if we do not know how to handle them in the accident seen or in the early stage of healing? Other issues could make them worse if the patient do not follow directions very well. ...Read more

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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