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Dr. John Christophel
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Facial Fracture (Overview)

A facial fracture is a fracture or breakage of a bone of the face. It usually occurs due to trauma, such as being punched, or striking the steering wheel in a car accident.


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What choices do I have for treating facial fracture?

What choices do I have for treating facial fracture?

Depends on severity: Some facial fractures do not require any surgical treatment and will heal on their own. More severe fractures that have multiple and displaced fractures will usually need surgical repair. A facial bone c/t scan is essential to make these decisions. ...Read more

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Dr. John Christophel
68 doctors shared insights

Facial Fracture (Overview)

A facial fracture is a fracture or breakage of a bone of the face. It usually occurs due to trauma, such as being punched, or striking the steering wheel in a car accident.


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What are the symptoms that are associated with facial fracture?

What are the symptoms that are associated with facial fracture?

Pain after injury: The vast majority of facial fractures happen after a trauma- car wreck, assault, fall. You should have sought emergency care; thry should have examined with hands and maybe ct scan to look for these. If it's far after the event, you may notice that the teeth don't fit together normally, there are changes in the coutours/rough edges when touching the face, there's pain or the eye(s) may sink in. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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How to know if you have a facial fracture?

How to know if you have a facial fracture?

Couple things: History and physical exam findings will help to make the diagnose, but a CT scan with facial protocol and 3D reconstructions are the gold standard and will make the final diagnosis. Mandible fractures can be diagnosed with panorex, however. Some fractures, like the nasal bones, don't require imaging and the diagnosis can be made by exam alone. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain and swelling caused by a facial fracture that happened 7 months ago?

Is it normal to still have pain and swelling caused by a facial fracture that happened 7 months ago?

Not usually, but may: Part of this depends on how the facial fracture was treated. if surgery and plating was required, swelling may take longer to resolve. Also, you would need to consider possible infection of the hardware as a cause for persistent swelling. But even without repair, I have seen patients with persistent bruising and swelling for 6 months or more. The face can take a while to release its swelling. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Tip)

Recovering from a Broken Bone

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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Can i get a facial fracture that moved 1 mm put back into its orginal place?

Depends on age of fx: If the fracture is relatively new (less than two weeks), it is likely reducible. Also depends on what bone is displaced. If it is a large bone with an incomplete fracture (like the forehead) will be hard to move. If it just a nasal bone, can usually be done with relative ease. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
1,427 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. 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