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Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).
Yes. : Yes. If it is only a day old, it will be easy to reduce again if the reduction has been lost. Also, some finger fractures are unstable enough that they cannot be reduced with a splint and will need some type of operative reduction and stabilization. Having said that, i would return to the er to have the splint adjusted. If you are not satisfied with the reduction and appearance of the finger, you should see a hand surgeon (see link) sooner rather than later (within the next few days.) good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?
Monteggia?: A fracture of the ulna w/ associated radial head subluxation / dislocation (@ elbow) is known as a monteggia fx./ dislocation. If recognized treatment is orif of the ulna( plating) and reduction of the radial head dislocation.( it usually reduces spontaneously after fixing ulna)... ...Read more
Fractured my foot about 8 months ago and it started throbbing again after I smacked my other foot yesterday. Normal? I'm assuming they're not related
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