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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 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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I have chronic compression fractures in L2 and T2. No trauma to my back but had celestone injections age 6-11 now 58. Could this be the cause for pain?

Not typically: The term chronic refers to the idea that the fractures are old and therefore healed. Unless they healed in a highly collapsed manner, most healed compression fractures do not cause pain. Similarly, steroid injections in and of themselves do not cause pain. Degenerative disc disease, facet arthropathy, and SI problems are just three examples of more common causes. Be seen for correct diagnosis. ...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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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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I received 6 years of celestone injections ( 5-11 years of age). Now I am 58 with chronic vetebral compression fractures. Could there be a connection?

I received 6 years of celestone injections ( 5-11 years of age). Now I am 58 with chronic vetebral compression fractures.  Could there be a connection?

Corticosteroids: Betamethasone is a steroid drug with anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic use of these drugs is sometimes necessary to treat serious medical problems but the potential side effects are well-known and do include loss of bone density. ...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

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What does this mean? Inflammation of joint , stress fracture, chronic tear in tendon in regards to MRI of right foot.

It means : Exactly what it says....It should specify the joint inflammed, should also specify the bone with the fracture, and name the tendon with the chronic tear. Your doc should explain everything to your satisfaction......What exactly don't you understand? ...Read more

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How can you tell if a pars fracture is chronic or not from an mri?

How can you tell if a pars fracture is chronic or not from an mri?

Not usually.: If you can see it on the MRI and have a recent MRI where it is clearly not seen one can infer acuity. This is a distinctly uncommon occurrence. ...Read more

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Should ankle plates and screws be removed in younger patients even if they cause no problems due to a risk for later fractures or chronic infections?

Should ankle plates and screws be removed in younger patients even if they cause no problems due to a risk for later fractures or chronic infections?

Ankle plates/screws: Generally we don't remove ankle plates and screws unless they cause symptoms. Sometimes the screws back out over time or the plates becomes prominent and uncomfortable. If that's the case then removal is recommended but only after union of the fracture is complete. ...Read more

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I suffer from a back injury compression fracture and chronic pain. My left foot felt swollen tonight in past cold and numb a little why? What do I do?

I suffer from a back injury compression fracture and chronic pain. My left foot felt swollen tonight in past cold and numb a little why? What do I do?

See a doctor: You did not mention where is your compression fracture, what is the cause and has there been a recent imaging study. The concern is there may be some form of compression wither at the cord or at the nerve root level. See your doctor and possibly be evaluated by a neurologist and possibly by a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a loss of appetite, anosmia, nausea & vomiting, chronic headaches from skull fracture. How to eat & keep food down? Appetite stimulants? My drs don't know what to do.

I have a loss of appetite, anosmia, nausea & vomiting, chronic headaches from skull fracture. How to eat & keep food down? Appetite stimulants? My drs don't know what to do.

Get a referal: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician for a referal. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I have chronic plantar fasciitis. I'm worried that I also have stress fractures?

I have chronic plantar fasciitis. I'm worried that  I also have stress fractures?

See an expert: Stress fractures may show up on x-ray. Mri may be indicated (based on evaluation). Tight gastrocs likely at the "root" of your problems. ...Read more

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My last ex-rays showed that I have chronic left and right sacral and bilateral superior and inferior pubic rami fractures with callus. Does that mean ?

My last ex-rays showed that I have chronic left and right sacral and bilateral superior and inferior pubic rami fractures with callus. Does that mean ?

See below: Chronic fractures mean that they are old and not new fractures. The callus seen on X-ray is one sign that they are not new because callus is a term to describe bone healing around a fracture. The locations of the bones described are in and around your pelvis. I would not hesitate to discuss these findings directly with your doctor. ...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