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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Can humerus fracture heal without sling.

Can humerus fracture heal without sling.

Give it a rest: Best to immobilize your fracture with a sling, splint or orthotic. Not giving it a chance to heal could lead to a nonunion which could result in a surgery. ...Read more

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Humerus fracture sling cause swelling problems?

Humerus fracture sling cause swelling problems?

Let me understad: The sling they use to treat the fracture(brace) that could cause swelling some time but it will get better with time , you could also make it comfortable by adjustment. ...Read more

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Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Trimalleolar fractur: A trimalleolar ankle fracture by definition is an unstable ankle fracture that requires operative fixation. It includes the the distal fibula( lateral maleolous ), the medial distal end of the tibia( medial maleolous ), and the lower end of the tibia in the back of the ankle ( posterior maleolous ). The medial and lateral maleolous typically need fixation. Posterior maleolous only if >25% of joint ...Read more

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Does a distal humerus supracondylar fracture require surgery?

Does a distal humerus supracondylar fracture require surgery?

Displacement: If the fracture is not properly aligned, surgery is typically recommended for the best outcome. ...Read more

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How to protect collapse of talus dome. Diagnosed with avn 6 month post injury. Undisplaced verticle talus body fracture. No joint involved. Ptb brace?

How to protect collapse of talus dome. Diagnosed with avn 6 month post injury. Undisplaced verticle talus body fracture. No joint involved. Ptb brace?

A cast might be : A better option than a brace...I would consider a window for a bone stimulator. I would encourage you to check your vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif. ?

Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif. ?

Depends: On the fracture type, how well the surgery went, what the doc saw intraoperatively....Hence, all these questions should be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Pain swelling &: Pain swelling and deformity at the level of the injured metacarpal. ...Read more

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Knee injury. MRI report "PCL Avulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adjacent tibial bone edema. fibers are intact." is surgery needed?

Knee injury. MRI report  "PCL Avulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adjacent tibial bone edema. fibers are intact." is surgery needed?

Yes, it should if-: -U expect 2 have a functioning knee 4 the rest of Ur life. It can only separate more, & a simple reduction & fixation will do what U want it 2 do, reunite the fragment 2 the tibia. The image is a tear & requires a major reconstruction if not fixed. U risk the fragment becoming a nonunion. ...Read more

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How do I heal a non-displaced transverse distal fibular fracture?

How do I heal a non-displaced transverse distal fibular fracture?

Immobilization.: Usually, these fractures are immobilized in a removable boot or cast, depending on the exact appearance of the fracture and your doctor's choice. Hopefully, you will heal this in 6 - 8 weeks. ...Read more

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3rd metatarsal stress fracture- nonunion after 21 weeks. Bone graft and ORIF. Success likely for this surgery? Complications?

Successful treatment: A non-union fracture needs to be fully understood for the best surgical outcome. It is helpful to know if this is a vascular or non vascular non-union as it can change the surgical approach. Overall the surgery is very successfull unless you are a smoker. ...Read more

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How are broken collarbone/fractured clavicle injuries treated?

How are broken collarbone/fractured clavicle injuries treated?

Majority are treated: In a sling + pain meds, but some are treated surgically if the bone fragments are widely separated, or if its an open fx (skin is broken over the fx site), or if there is an associated injury to a nerve or a vessel. ...Read more

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Cuboid antero-medial margin focal Bone bruise -oblique nondisplaced fissure fracture, spring ligament & cfl grade 2 sprain. hw long to heal?Overweight

Cuboid antero-medial margin focal Bone bruise -oblique nondisplaced fissure fracture,
spring ligament & cfl grade 2 sprain.
hw long to heal?Overweight

A primary healing: usually takes 6 weeks, and then it continues to mold and get more strength. It also depends upon your overall health and immunity state. And your calcium and bone mineral state. Add calcium to your diet and increase water. Wish you good luck. ...Read more

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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference . The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery ( internal fixation ). ...Read more

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Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

I googled it: And found a supplement. Supplements are great for those who have deficiency in that area, but they dont add anything for most healthy individuals. Excess calcium ends up your .. Toilet. Not to say that there arent those who need calcium and vitamin supplements but the mechainsm of bone healing isnt influenced by unless there is a knowm metabolic issue or dietary deficiency. ...Read more

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Treatment for undisplaced fracture or bone bruise of posterior medial talus and articular surface, and minor bone bruise distal calcaneous?

See orthopedic surg: Please see an orthopedic surgeon. Most likely need to be on crutches for a number of weeks. May need to wear a cast or boot as well. Some taler fractures also result in AVN which prolong the treatment course. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Is it possible to fully recovery from trimalleolar ankle fracture / dislocation?

Yes: Many people are able to resume all their activities after fully healed and have gone through physical therapy. You may develope some arthritis down the road. ...Read more

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Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

No: Avulsion fractures are when a section of bone is torn away from the main body of bone and still connected to the tendon. ...Read more

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How much time would it take to recover from a lower 1/3 fibula fracture?

Depends: The location of the fracture is important to when you will be able to go back to activities. The closer to your "ankle" the fracture is the more restrictions you will have. On average bone heals in about 2-3 months everything else being equal. If you smoke or use any nicotine products that can almost double the time it takes for the fracture to heal. ...Read more

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How long does pain from a distal fibula fracture last?

Depends: Healing typically takes 6-8 weeks, but some pain may persist for longer or permanently. ...Read more

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Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Does distal fibula fracture have good blood supply?

Distal fibula: Yes. Generally the distal fibula has a good blood supply and heals reliably well. Metabolic problems and lack of immobilization can lead to non-union of a distal fibula fracture. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Not usually : The fibula is the smaller bone in the lower leg. Fractures may require casting or surgery. There would have to be other injuries to result in the need for such a drastic procedure. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Nope.: Distal fibula and lateral ankle fractures usually repond well to immobilization and time. Displaced fractures may require open reduction and fixation. If there is an associated loss of soft tissue coverage, nerve damage with loss of sensation or complications with the circulation or infection, then an amputation may need to be considered. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Very unlikely: A fibula fracture would not warrant an amputation unless you have some reason that the surgical wound fails to heal and it gets a very bad infection. If you're diabetic or have very bad vascular disease, this may lead to a delayed amputation, but this is very unlikely. ...Read more

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How long will I have a hard cast for a non-displaced fibula fracture?

How long will I have a hard cast for a non-displaced fibula fracture?

Depends: If your inner ankle doesn't hurt this may be a stable brake and some would put you in a walking boot immediately. Some docs may error on the side of caution or if you tore the inner deltoid ligament a cast will help stabilize things and is usually used for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

Reframe the fracture: Because of limitations in the framing of your question, it is difficult to say. The severity of the fracture as well as the type of fracture given in relation to the fracture are really important to know. ...Read more

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Acute fibula fracture, when to start ocupational therapy?

Varies : Isolated fibula fractures typically heal over about 6-8 weeks. Occupationall therapy usually involves more injury to the upper extremities and so is usually not used in fibula fractures. If any therapy, it is usuLky physical therapy. We usually evaluate the patient at 6-8 weeks; if doing well, then no PT, if coming along slow we will do PT then. ...Read more

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What does "minimally displaced distal fibula fracture Weber B" mean?

It tells a lot: It means the outside of the ankle bone (fibula) is broken at the level of the ankle joint, and can extend outward and sometimes upward. The other side of the ankle can sometimes be sprained or have a fracture.The Danis Weber classifications help guide treatment. Type A fractures might do well with a cast or walking boot. Type B fractures might nonweightbearing or surgery. Type C needs surgery. ...Read more

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What is it like to walk after a fibula fracture after the cast is removed?

What is it like to walk after a fibula fracture after the cast is removed?

Ankle stiffness: Your ankle will be stiff with restricted range of motion out of the cast. That will improve over time. You will have some pain in that ankle originally until you regain your full motion. ...Read more

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Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif. ?

Depends: On the fracture type, how well the surgery went, what the doc saw intraoperatively....Hence, all these questions should be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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3 weeks since simple fibula fracture and small sprain. Shouldn't swelling be gone?

3 weeks since simple fibula fracture and small sprain. Shouldn't swelling be gone?

Not necessarily: Persistent swelling after these kind of ankle injuries is the most common complaint. Periodic elevation above heart and head as well as reduced standing and walking can help. Compressive hose, ace wrap, ted hose, or ankle sleeve can also help. Eventually the swelling will stop, but give your body time to heal. ...Read more

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Treatment of undisplaced fibula fracture. And after how much time can I start walking?

Treatment of undisplaced fibula fracture. And after how much time can I start walking?

Treatment of : Need to be casted or get a cam walker , non-weight bearing with crutches or walker for 4-6 weeks. Get consecutive x-rays to make sure the bone is healed before starting to put pressure on the foot. Have diet with lots of green vegetables and yogurt to improve bone healing. ...Read more

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I had a fibula fracture near the knee 10 days ago. I was given 4 weeks off work, but I doubt I will heal this quickly?

Less pain: The bone will probably take 2-3 months to heal, but the pain from the fracture should be much less by then. Depending on your job, many people are able to return to work after a few weeks from this type of injury. ...Read more

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I have a distal fibula fracture non displaced and I was wondering how long I would be in a cast and what is the recovery time?

I always wonder: Whyi when you are put in the cast that is not discussed? Bone takes approx 6-8 weeks to heal. Xrays and clinical findings are taken into account so it does not mean you are in the cast the entire time. ...Read more

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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