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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Occult Fracture

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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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What are the biggest causes of hip fractures?

What are the biggest causes of hip fractures?

Falls in older folk: The greatest predictor for hip fracture is age. Older people are at much higher risk of fall, are more likely to injure themselves on falling and are more likely to have reduced Bone Mineral Density further increasing the likelihood of fracture. Specifically, physical frailty, reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, poor eyesight, medical morbidity, poly-pharmacy, predispose to falls in elderly. ...Read more

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Can fractured joints cause arthritis?

Traumatic arthritis: Djd, or degenerative joint disease, is basically arthritis in a joint, related to either milder repetitive trauma, or more serious trauma (like fractures into a joint) that happened previously. Very overweight patients are at risk for DJD of their knees and hips as they age. ...Read more

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Can barefoot running cause midfoot fractures?

Can barefoot running cause midfoot fractures?

Hard to say: There is not much research on the benefits or risks of barefoot running. Midfoot fractures are usually stress injuries and the loss of shock absorption with barefoot running could lead to a fracture. ...Read more

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Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 years or older, or have other risk factors like being thin, check with your primary health provider to see about being screened for osteoporosis. A good source for proven prevention tips is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Do stress fractures cause compartment syndrome?

Do stress fractures cause compartment syndrome?

Unlikely: That would be pretty rare. Compartment syndrome is usually caused by severe trauma to an extremity (arm or leg) from either soft tissue injury or a fracture. As blood and fluid rush into the closed space of the extremity, the pressure rises to dangerous levels causing a compartment syndrome. Stress fractures are small and subtle and usually dont generate the same reaction as more severe trauma. ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Yes: Low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures have been reported in postmarketing experience. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more