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Dr. Ana Adelstein
792 Doctors shared insights

Fracture (Overview)

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 non-displaced, stable or unstable.


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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

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 more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
792 Doctors shared insights

Fracture (Overview)

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 non-displaced, stable or unstable.


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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Fracture (Tip)

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, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

Chronic ankle injury: Given the history of fracture, your ankle probably has some degree of arthritis. Ibuprofen or alleve should help with this. More importantly you probably have a chronic ankle sprain as well. The best treatment for this is physical therapy with balance exercises. After an injury your ankle often loses the sense of its own position (proprioception) and balance retraining will help a lot. ...Read more

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Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Finger Fracture: Open finger fractures have a higher rate of infection then closed finger fractures but a lower rate of infection than open fractures in other areas of the body. They are usually treated with irrigation, debridement, fixation as needed and oral or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Fracture (Tip)

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 an MRI to evaluate fracture
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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).

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).

If: If you are concerned about circulation you should return to the er right away. If you cannot, you can try to gently loosen the splint, however if your fracture was reduced (put back in place) the splint may be there to hold the fracture in that new position and you should NT just take it off.

Typically one splints the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (near the nail and the joint above it) in extension or straight and the metacarpal phalangeal joints (what we commonly refer to as our knuckles) in flexion.

However swelling after a fracture can make a bandage get tighter and even if the bandage is not tight a flexed joint can compromise circulation if the finger swells too.

Best to go back to the er or follow up with a hand surgeon in your area quickly. But if your circulation is compromised do not wait. ...Read more

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Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Possible: You re-fracture recently healed fracture or old healed fracture if you apply enough force on it to break the bone. Thank you. ...Read more

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Fracture (Tip)

Drinking bone marrow broths help! Has solubilized calcium, msm, glucosamine, glutamine in it. ...See more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What must I do for fractured rib?

What must I do for fractured rib?

Depends: If you have only one or two fractured ribs, there isn't too much to do, and time is your best ally. Breathing exercises and pain medication really is all you can do. The pain should resolve over a span of approximately 3 months. ...Read more

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Fracture (Tip)

Don't forget to, elevate, immobilize the fractured area, and ice often during the first week. ...See more

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What are symptoms of a fractured vertebra?

Back pain: With sitting and standing better lying down. ...Read more

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How to tell if I broke/fractured my tailbone?

How to tell if I broke/fractured my tailbone?

X-ray: Your doctor can order an x-ray or other radiographic study combined with medical history and physical examination to make this determination. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Fracture (Tip)

Initially there will be lots of swelling pain. While narcotics dull pain, aleve (naproxen) etc may work better. ...See more

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Who gets fractured back? What breaks exactly?

Who gets fractured back? What breaks exactly?

Anyone. The spine.: Anyone can get a fractured back. Your spine has 24 vertebrae (7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar) plus the sacrum. A fracture in any of these bones is considered a fracture in the spine/back. In young healthy people it takes a very high energy trauma, like a car accident, to break the spine. In people with osteoporosis or tumors in the bone, the spine can break with minimal or no trauma. ...Read more

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What is the first thing to do for a fractured back?

Be treated: Be treated by an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for further guidance and recommendations based on the type and location of the fracture and whether there is any associated neurologic issues and stability issues. ...Read more

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Fracture (Tip)

The more you mentally visualize it healing, the more you bring in the healing powers of your mind. ...See more

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I think I've fractured a metatarsal. What should I do?

See a podiatrist: A podiatrist will examine your foot, take some x rays and begin treatment. If it is a fracture with little or no displacement (still lined up), you may just go into a flat soled post-op shoe for a few weeks with some pain medicine. If it is the 5th metatarsal near the base, you might need a fracture boot or a cast. If it is displaced, surgery may be recommended to line it back up and fixate it. ...Read more

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Fracture (Tip)

Don't put too much weight on it for the first month. Let it heal first. ...See more

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What are the signs that a fractured metacarpal needs reduction?

Rotational Deformity: The most common metacarpal fracture is that of the little finger. When you make a fist the contour of the knuckles may be different. A small depression is probably ok. Any change in rotation of the finger usually requires reduction. ...Read more

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Where do you feel the pain from a fractured vertabrae and how is it treated?

Where do you feel the pain from a fractured vertabrae and how is it treated?

Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Fracture (Tip)

Do take great care. Avoid placing stresses or weight on the break until fully healed. ...See more

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Could I work- fractured wrist?

Depends: Depends on what is broken, how it is treated and what you do. ...Read more

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I'm scared over fractured tooth?

See a dentist: For evaluation, x-rays and treatment options.

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Fracture (Tip)

Do all exercises prescribed by your surgeon and/or physical therapist for the time they recommend. ...See 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


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