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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Sure is: Fractures in the hand can be subtle. Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

It depends: It depends on the type of injury and type of fracture. If the pain persists, especially on the area you touch (point tenderness) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. ...Read more

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Dislocated finger 4 days ago pain down hand to wrist pt is 60y could fracture been missed on X-ray if so how long before follow up?

Dislocated finger 4 days ago pain down hand to wrist pt is 60y could fracture been missed on X-ray if so how long before follow up?

Soon: If you haven't already, I would seek the advise of a good hand surgeon (plastics or ortho) who can advise you on the care and treatment as well as what to expect while your finger heals.
Sometimes dislocations do not go back into place without surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Female, 51 - a tree fell on my back 2.6 wks ago. Immediate ct scan and xray showed no fractures. Still in excruciating pain on right thoracic side. How long will it take to heal, and could something have been missed? My PA wants an MRI

Female, 51 - a tree fell on my back 2.6 wks ago. Immediate ct scan and xray showed no fractures. Still in excruciating pain on right thoracic side. How long will it take to heal, and could something have been missed? My PA wants an MRI

Upgrade?: Your PA may be right to seek more info and it might be good to step up to a more trained pro if there are any findings. Before anyone could even give a range for healing duration, you need a full DX. Symptomatic pain relief to some degree may be possible with meds, devices, massage, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc. Get the MRI info and move ahead. ...Read more

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Can a stress fracture be seen on an x-ray?

Can a stress fracture be seen on an x-ray?

Not necessarily: Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture. Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the quality of the xray (angles, adequate number of views, adequate tissue penetration). Sometimes a more expensive test may be required (such as MRI or ct scan). ...Read more

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When will fracture callus show up on x-ray?

When will fracture callus show up on x-ray?

2-3 weeks: Bone reaction sufficient enough to show up on x-rays is typically 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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If a stress fracture shows up on x-ray, is it severe?

If a stress fracture shows up on x-ray, is it severe?

Can be: It depends upon what bone it is

why is this picture here? >? ...Read more

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How likely can a jones stress fracture show on an x ray?

How likely can a jones stress fracture show on an x ray?

Somewhat likely: A Jones Fracture of the 5th metatarsal of your foot will frequently show up on x-Ray but not always. If your provider finds that you are tender over the 5th metatarsal but nothing shows up on x-Ray, an MRI can be ordered to look at the bone in more detail to find a subtle stress fracture or stress reaction (beginnings of a stress fracture). ...Read more

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Would a spiral fracture on an infant be visible on an X-ray?

Would a spiral fracture on an infant be visible on an X-ray?

Depends: Sometimes these are not clearly visible depending on the direction the x-rays travel. There are also curious lines that represent nutrient arteries that pass within and through the bone. The best films in smaller kids are taken from several directions and examined closely. A fracture that does not cause an angulation or separate some area of bone may be missed initially. ...Read more

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Can a scaphoid fracture not show up on X-ray 6 days after the injury?

Can a scaphoid fracture not show up on X-ray 6 days after the injury?

May not see fracture: Scaphoid fractures can be missed on regular x-rays within the first few weeks of the injury, and can also be missed on regular x-rays if dedicated views of the scaphoid are not obtained.

If worried about the possibility of a scaphoid fracture, keep the wrist splinted for several weeks and then repeat dedicated x-rays. An MRI can also be used immediately to see non displaced scaphoid fractures. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a scaphoid fracture does not show on the x ray?

Hiding: The scaphoid is a bone in the hand that sometimes gets broken but doesn't show up well on xrays. We get concerned about that bone because it has a poor blood supply meaning it doesn't always heal well after a fracture and so it can cause a lot of problems if it isn't treated appropriately. Usually xrays will be repeated after a couple of weeks and if there is a fracture it usually can be seen then. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a scaphoid fracture to appear on an X-ray?

It depends: It depends how severe the fracture is and whether it is displaced or not. If the pain persists, especially when you touch the snuff box region (base of the thumb and carpal bones) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. Ulnar and radial stress AP x rays may also help reveal a nondisplaced scaphoid fracture. ...Read more

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Metatarsalgia or metatarsal fracture? Can you tell without taking an x-ray?

Metatarsalgia or metatarsal fracture? Can you tell without taking an x-ray?

Xray: A fracture or broken bone is usually very painful where as metatarsalgia is often mild to moderately painful. That being said, pain is a very subjective thing therefore an x-ray should be taken, as an x-ray is very diagnostic for these two conditions. ...Read more

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X ray results show there is no fracture with a soft tissue injury. What can I do?

X ray results show there is no fracture with a soft tissue injury. What can I do?

See below: Riice - rest, ice, ibuprofen, compression and elevation. Also, follow up with you doctor and don't over extend your self. Healing of soft tissue can take as long a fractures especially as we get older. ...Read more

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Can looking at an X-ray of an already healed fractured bone determine when the fracture occured?

Not precisely: X-rays of fractures can often be interpreted in one of 3 basic ways: unhealed, partially healed and fully healed. Once a fracture is fully healed, it's often difficult to tell whether a fracture healed 3 months ago or 3 years ago. ...Read more

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Can a healed stress fracture be diagnosed as more serious fracture on X-ray when a healed fracture is found?

Can a healed stress fracture be diagnosed as more serious fracture on X-ray when a healed fracture is found?

They are same: A stress fracture is just a type fracture. Only difference is it occurs with chronic repetitive stress instead of a single episode of trauma. They both heal the same. Bony callous will form. If the stress continues, the area can refracture, and more callous will form. Therefore, a stress fracture is just as serious, especially if you have not identified cause. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss a fracture in an elbow and if it was fractured what symptoms wolould I have? Very concerned!

Is it possible to miss a fracture in an elbow and if it was fractured what symptoms wolould I have? Very concerned!

Anything is possible: Elbow radiography can be difficult to interpret. If you have mechanical type symptoms such as locking or catching, or if you have persistent pain despite an appropriately period of rest (1-2 weeks) you may want to consider undergoing a repeat evaluation. ...Read more

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What does this mean. From a shoulder/lefft upper amr xray. There is evidence of acute fracture or focal destructive process.

What does this mean. From a shoulder/lefft upper amr xray. There is evidence of acute fracture or focal destructive process.

Fracture or Tumor: Did you suffer trauma that would have caused a fracture? If not, there's obviously something else going on "focal destructive process." How old are you? If over 50, there may be some osteoporosis--but that is generalized--not a "focal destructive process." Who ordered the X-Ray? Have you followed up with him/her? ...Read more

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Can a pars fracture still have healing potential after being miss diagnosed for 7 months? Or is it to late to try and heal it?

Find a MD: My advice to you as an ors is find an ors (or neurosurgeon) and let him examine you and your x-rays / MRI. He/ she can answer all of your questions (write them down) and discuss your prognosis and treatment (observation/ hamstring stretching- repeat x-rays/ MRI in 6 months etc.)your physician can give you do' sand don'ts as far as weight lifting and other activities u will have questions about. ...Read more

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Just had 2 tooth x-rays and earlier this year a couple of foot x-rays for a fractured metatarsal. Am I at too much X-ray exposure?

Just had 2 tooth x-rays and earlier this year a couple of foot x-rays for a fractured metatarsal. Am I at too much X-ray exposure?

I wouldn't worry: First, taking 2 dental x-rays is almost insignificant in the total scheme of things. The x-rays to determine whether or not you had a fracture were necessary and one of the smaller radiation dosage producing types of images. Honestly, it's best if we never had to take x-rays but they are a necessary part of our lives. Do they have risks? Yes. We have risks all around us in the air, water, food etc. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I have fractured my 3rd metacarple. Today the xray showed that the bone had reattached around 60%. When can I play sport? Thanks

3 weeks ago I have fractured my 3rd metacarple. Today the xray showed that the bone had reattached around 60%. When can I play sport? Thanks

Depends: That is quite individual. It depends on the sport, your position, and the athletic level that you participate at. We can often work with you to find the optimum level of risk that you want to take and balance it with participation in sports. There is never a clear answer, so an individual conversation with your surgeon is in line. ...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


Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more