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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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I fell pretty hard the other day and now my left butt cheek hurts. No bruise just pain, walking, sitting. Is it all muscle or is it broken bone?

I fell pretty hard the other day and now my left butt cheek hurts. No bruise just pain, walking, sitting. Is it all muscle or is it broken bone?

Bruise, probably: If you can bear weight, it is probably just a bruise. Barring something really rare, it is pretty hard for a young person to break your hip or your pelvis in a simple fall from the standing position. If the pain is not a lot better in a few days, get an x-ray. ...Read more

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I GT a fracture 7 weeks back. I feel da bone is better but the biscep muscle is still bruised en as hard as a stone what should I do for it?

I GT a fracture 7 weeks back. I feel da bone is better but the biscep muscle is still bruised en as hard as a stone what should I do for it?

Hematoma: This is probably a hematoma (collection of blood) which will eventually resolve....Application of heat will hasten this process! Hope this helps

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My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

it may mean that: Your foot got really bruised and it take a few weeks for hte bruisng to begin to go away but it is dependent upoi=n how much bruisng you started with, your general health and circulation, how swollen you were, how agresviley you iced or elvated to reduce swelling and bruising initially. And certainly of bruising is going away and then comes back then one needs to get reevaluated. ...Read more

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How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

It varies.: It varies from person to person and other factors, such as nature of the injury, etc. A typical range could be 2 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Have my muscles around a broken bone deteriorated as a result of the break?

Have my muscles around a broken bone deteriorated as a result of the break?

Fracture: Your muscles haven't necessarily deteriorated but have decreased in their size due to the lack of use. When it comes to muscle, the saying "if you don't use it, you lose it" holds true. But no worries, if your fracture was treated correctly you should be able to make full recovery and regain your original muscle mass and strength. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken bone vs. Just a bruised bone?

What are the symptoms of a broken bone vs. Just a bruised bone?

Fractured bone?: Both conditions are painful. On examination, both can be tender as well. The best way to differentiate is to get an xray. Some fractures may not show up on plain xray, but that is the best place to start. Occasionally, if xrays are not conclusive, but symptoms persist, other studies such as MRI can be helpful. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

NASID's: You can take any of a number of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over-the-counter ones like aleve (naproxen) work well, but you doctor can prescribe ones that will be stronger and last longer. ...Read more

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I had midfoot fracture 2 months back. Feel pain while walk, no pain if I press the area. Is this nerve or muscle or bone pain?

I had midfoot fracture 2 months back. Feel pain while walk, no pain if I press the area. Is this nerve or muscle or bone pain?

Could be bone pain: If you are still experiencing pain in the region of the fracture 2 months after the injury, it is possible the fracture hasn't healed completely. Make sure you are cleared to begin walking by your physician. Have xrays confirmed that the fracture was healed? ...Read more

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Ie got bike accident and fall down under 20 feet. But my doctor said there is no bone fracture. Even then my back muscle got pain sometime? Help?

Ie got bike accident and fall down under 20 feet. But my doctor said there is no bone fracture. Even then my back muscle got pain sometime? Help?

Muscular aches: And pain or soft tissue injuries can be just as painful then fractures. Consider otc alleve if no contraindication, if pain persists see a doctor. ...Read more

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Injured foot 2 weeks ago, x-rays showed no fracture doctor said bone bruising. Swelling and pain still present with rest? Should I go back to doctors?

Injured foot 2 weeks ago, x-rays showed no fracture doctor said bone bruising. Swelling and pain still present with rest? Should I go back to doctors?

Ankle CT: Ankel joint X-ray might miss a small fracture. CT scan is much better to detect fractures. Injury to ligaments can cause pain for few weeks. I would go check if pain is not improving. ...Read more

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Had xray done on my lower back doctor said it was muscle damage a bone on my spine hurts to touch bruising over 1 week now how long to take to heal?

Had xray done on my lower back doctor said it was muscle damage a bone on my spine hurts to touch bruising over 1 week now how long to take to heal?

Who did U C? , an Md: Or a DC? Muscles do not show up on X rays. More info needed. Was there an injury like a fall on Ur back or kicked in the back? This can injure or fracture the spinous processes. Get into C an ortho guy 4 eval. That's Ur best way 2 go. You may need more specific imaging. Photo is a 3-D CT reconstruction. Of a lumbar spine. A little much for Ur eval.
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I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

I was doing some lifting yesterday. Now, back is slightly sore and some back muscles feel a little tender. Could this be a spine compression fracture?

Unlikely: Spinal compression fractures in people with normal bone density (like 16 yo males) are usually due to fall from height or rapid deceleration. They are also very painful. You probably just strained some muscles. Ice down your back for 20 minutes and avoid lifting for a couple of days. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

If its muscle: (some give when palpated) its less likely to be due to a metastatic lesion. If the bone itself is tender I recommend getting a bone scan. If not sure have your doctor examine you. I hope this is just a tender muscle. Knowing is so much better than worrying. ...Read more

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I have a sore muscle that I hurt or pulled playin soccer it's in the middle of my lower back between my hip bone on the left side it hurts 2 move 2?

I have a sore muscle that I hurt or pulled playin soccer it's in the middle of my lower back between my hip bone on the left side it hurts 2 move 2?

Lumbar strain: LUMBAR strain produced by playing a sport such as soccer should be treated with ice, NSAIDS, REST, for only several days, then Rx with physiotherapist with modalities, stretching, gentle isometric spinal stabilization exercises. ...Read more

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How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

How to know if I have fracture or a bone bruise?

X-rays: While physical examination may reveal an exquisite point of tenderness along a bone, this may be due to a contusion along the lining of the bone (i.e., the periosteum). X-rays (radiographs) will help distinguish if a bone is bruised or fractured. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's a bone bruise or a fracture?

How to tell if it's a bone bruise or a fracture?

X-ray: It often requires an x-ray to accurately differentiate. ...Read more

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I have a bruised bone I read on the internet that it's a fracture of the inner layer of bone can anything be done about it?

I have a bruised bone I read on the internet that it's a fracture of the inner layer of bone can anything be done about it?

Yes: Bruised bone can be diagnosed based on MRI scan, and if that is the case, then it means there is no fracture, usually it means some edema/swelling in the bone but no fracture. However if it is just based on physical examination or x-ray it could mean hairline fracture also. If the pain is bad enough you can get cast or brace, depending on which bone is involved. I hope that helps you. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between a buckle fracture and a bruised bone on an x-ray?

Look for fracture: A buckle fracture is a minor fracture, but it will be visible on an X-ray. A bone bruise is really more of a clinical disgnosis in which the X-ray will be normal but a contusion was felt to have occurred based on mechanism of injury and exam. MRI will show a bone contusion but not an X-ray, but we usually don't get an MRI for them because it does not really change the management. ...Read more

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How easily can a bone bruise turn into a stress fracture?

How easily can a bone bruise turn into a stress fracture?

Stress fractures: Are the result of excessive pressure or strss on bone for a prolonged period of time. Not from a single incident of trauma. So if there is no abnormal stress on bone, stress fracture should not occur. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my tail-bone isjust bruised or if I have a hair line fracture or worse?

How do I tell if my tail-bone isjust bruised or if I have a hair line fracture or worse?

Pain and CAT Scan: Pain over the area which was before the injury, x-ray for the area, if that was not conclusive I recommend cat scan. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

How to know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

Via med eval.: Self- diagnosis
is not a good approach. Medical history, x-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stress fracture or a bruised bone?

X-ray: Have an x-ray taken to determine if you have a fracture or not. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,317 Doctors shared insights

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