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Is a chronic fracture with early cystic changes bad?

Is a chronic fracture with early cystic changes bad?

Well, it is not idea: a chronic fracture would imply it is not healing…cystic changes is implying the surrounding bone is porous and the bone is not as strong…your doctor should suggest how to help heal the fracture.. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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 does a chronic fracture with cystic changes mean? Specifically what are the cystic changes? It's in my foot on navicular

What does a chronic fracture with cystic changes mean? Specifically what are the cystic changes? It's in my foot on navicular

Non union: Chronic Fx is not really a medical term. I assume they meat non Union or maybe Old fracture vs acute. Cystic changes are most likely related to degenerative arthritic changes or chronic arthritis . The navicular bone is the first bone after the all on the medial/ inside of the foot. Ie begins the big toe and metatarsal back to just before the ankle or Talus bone. Are u a diabetic? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

Long time: It probably refers to the length of time you have had the problem. Sometimes the fracture occured many months prior to the treatment. It also could refer to the fact that it is not healing in the normal time frame. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a chronic ankle fracture. What does that mean exactly?

I have been diagnosed with a chronic ankle fracture. What does that mean exactly?

Ankle fracture: Most likely, the word "Chronic" in front of your ankle fracture diagnosis, means you suffered an ankle fracture at some time in the past, and it may never have fully healed, or you get "ongoing" (or intermittent) pains and/or problems in your affected ankle associated with this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chronic compression fracture at t8 in back?

Old Crush Fracture: Chronic=happened 3-6 months ago. Compression=squished. Long bone Fx is usually like breaking a stick. A spine bone is a cylinder that can be crushed down usually more on one side. It's like sitting on a cardboard box & having it partially collapse. AND, they usually heal nicely but are very painful and can take 1-3 months to heal. Some docs do kyphoplasty which cements the Fx in 1 hr=0 pain! ...Read more

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Pain in foot from injury 6 mos ago. MRI report says I have a chronic avulsion fracture with associated cystic change. Does this mean I have arthritis?

Pain in foot from injury 6 mos ago. MRI report says I have a chronic avulsion fracture with associated cystic change. Does this mean I have arthritis?

Not : Necessarily. Cystic change with bone means there is some porous spots of the bone,,,,sometimes this is repairable. Arthritic changes are often not repairable without surgery. Avulsion fractures often do not occur at the joint surface (though possible) arthritis would occur if the joint cartiledge was damaged. ...Read more

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Dealing with chronic pain from fractured humerus, rhuematoid arthritis, psoriasis plus other health problems. Need energy! please help?

Dealing with chronic pain from fractured humerus, rhuematoid arthritis, psoriasis plus other health problems.  Need energy!  please help?

You need: Comprehensive care from a physician trained in pain medicine and a rheumatologist both of which need to examine you thoroughly before making treatment suggestions. Meanwhile increase your activity in a safe environment like aqua therapy. ...Read more

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Chronic third rib fracture with large callus under right shoulder blade. Painful grinding sensation when I move my shoulder. Will this need surgery?

Grinding scapula: If there is persistent grinding and snapping under the scapula, you might want to consider surgery for this condition called snapping scapula syndrome. The inflammation and bone from the rib fracture can be removed, potentially eliminating your symptoms. ...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