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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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 have a broken arm and I need some tips I been with a brace for 1 month but my fracture still move?

I have a broken arm and I need some tips I been with a brace for 1 month but my fracture still move?

Need more info: Which bone is fractured and does the brace include the elbow or does it just immobilize the wrist? ...Read more

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I have suffered a further spontanious rib fracture - several previously due to trauma and a recent badly broken arm. What can improve bone strength?

I have suffered a further spontanious rib fracture - several previously due to trauma and a recent badly broken arm. What can improve bone strength?

DEXA scan: You do not mention your age. The first thing is to see your doctor. A dexa scan (bone density test) will tell you if your bones are more likely to fracture. Then meds can help to strengthen them. ...Read more

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Is there a reason i had a broken arm when i was 2 years old, I have fractured bones throughout my life, & i also have joint pain and discomfort daily?

Is there a reason i had a broken arm when i was 2 years old, I have fractured bones throughout my life, & i also have joint pain and discomfort daily?

Fractures: You may have osteogenesis imperfecta type i which can cause fractures of the long bones, and vertebrae. It also cause joint pain and general discomfort seek help from an orthopedist associated with a teaching hospital and a geneticist to review your situation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arm fracture?

What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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How is an arm fracture typically treated?

How is an arm fracture typically treated?

Depends: I'm not exactly sure what portion of the arm that you really are referring to. Some fractures of the shoulder or the humerus require surgery, yet many do not. Many fractures, if not most, of the forearm, require surgery to preserve your range of motion after the fracture heals. So obviously the treatment recommendation depends on the type of fracture and its location. ...Read more

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How is an arm fracture typically diagnosed?

How is an arm fracture typically diagnosed?

X-ray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arm fracture?

What is the definition or description of: arm fracture?

Bone broken in arm: An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, require surgery in adults. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a child having an arm fracture from biking?

What are the risks of a child having an arm fracture from biking?

Variable: No strong evidence...But same as skiing, snowboarding, jumping on trampoline and being an active kid. ...Read more

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Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Depends: The fracture label can be applied to a torus fracture, which is like a dent in a bear can & doesn't have any instability at all. If anything these are sometimes put in a splint more to remind the kid s/he is injured until it heals. Casting may be delayed until swelling subsides, so it can work better. It's primary role is providing a stable protected positioning. Not all fractures need it. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Varies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can.It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. ...Read more

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Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod wont come in?

Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod wont come in?

Temporary bracing: Some peds offices are not set up to make the temporary splints used after a fracture. The swelling around the site will often prevent a good fit for any cast.Within a few days the swelling goes down & the cast would be too loose. A temporary splint, employing one hard side, padding & often ace wraps is applied by er techs & the kid seen in the ortho office in 3-5 days for the long term cast. ...Read more

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If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

??signs??: Kids capable of waking off an injury will, they are more interested in playing & seldom stop unless something really hurts. If no obvious deformity or discoloration of the skin, you might watch it for a while & place a cool compress to help the pain & reduce the swelling. Do this only if the kid can make a fist & extend it & roll the hand back & forth. If not, get it checked now. ...Read more

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6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no  progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

Official xray report: Sounds like you have either a delayed union vs. non union of the bone. A delayed union is a fracture that still has the potential to heal though it may take up to a year or so to do so. Bracing and a bone stimulator can help. BUT if the X-ray shows signs that it is a non union then it is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Xray criteria for each condition are well documented ...Read more

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What can I do about tingling in finger/hand after arm fracture?

What can I do about tingling in finger/hand after arm fracture?

Tingling finger: If this is a new finding since treatment, you should speak with your surgeon immediately. If this occurred some time ago, namely at the same time as injury, your surgeon will be able to give you a timeframe for recovery. Elevation for swelling, proper nutrition, and patience will likely be important. ...Read more

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How do you treat a broken arm?

How do you treat a broken arm?

Set the bone& : Apply cast on it and take x-ray to see if the bone i n good position, if is not we may to have to repeat this or do surgery. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken arm?

Cast: Most commonly, a broken arm is treated by placing a cast (plaster or fiberglass) on the affected arm for approximately 6 weeks until the fracture is healed. ...Read more

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read 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