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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Hi, following operation on Tues (fractured dislocated left wrist) I've been prescribed Mypaid & Targinact. Tips for avoiding constipation? Tx

Hi, following operation on Tues (fractured dislocated left wrist) I've been prescribed Mypaid & Targinact. Tips for avoiding constipation? Tx

Constipation: The mypaid won't cause any constipation As it's just Panado and Brufen. Targinact is an opiod which gives the constipation. Best is increase fluid intake, increase fibre like all bran, fresh fruit like grape, oranges, pears, naartjies, prunes etc. If it fails then you can use Senna (soflax /sennekot)or movicol satchels. ...Read more

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I think I fractured my left wrist playing baseball, do I need to get a CT scan?

I think I fractured my left wrist playing baseball, do I need to get a CT scan?

Probably not.: If you happen to be a professional player, then maybe. Otherwise, plain x-rays will show most fractures. If you have persisting pain with no visible break on x-ray, a ct scan may be considered to take a closer look at the structures of the wrist. If this is the case, then an MRI may also be considered, which can better show the soft tissues (like tendons and ligaments) if there is a sprain/strain. ...Read more

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I have fracture in my left wrist 4 years ago and I feel that my bone grow what should I do and please tell is there any medicine to cure or to stop it?

I have fracture in my left wrist 4 years ago and I feel that my bone grow what should I do and please tell is there any medicine to cure or to stop it?

Wrist fx: 15 year old with wrist fx, totally heals within 4-6 months. So any ongoing discomfort is not related to any ongoing bone growing. You need to be seen by an orthopedic dr for an evaluation ...Read more

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Proximal Pole Scaphoid Fracture in my left wrist. Previously had one a year back and was told it has healed. What do I do?

Proximal Pole Scaphoid Fracture in my left wrist. Previously had one a year back and was told it has healed. What do I do?

More tests: It would be important to know if your original fracture just never healed or if it is a new fracture as they would be treated differently. A C T scan would usually be able to differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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I've had a stress fracture in my left wrist from tumbling before and now I'm feeling that same pain but the xray didn't pick anything up.?

I've had a stress fracture in my left wrist from tumbling before and now I'm feeling that same pain but the xray didn't pick anything up.?

A stress fracture: X-rays often do not show a stress fracture, but they may show evidence of bone attempting to heal around the stress fracture. Other forms of imaging, including bone scans, ct scans and mris, may detect a stress fracture that does not show up on conventional x rays. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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Had a work accident 10 weeks ago. Fell on my hands, nose, &knees. Had x-rays. No fracture on right knee&suspicion of a fracture on left wrist. Some numbness on right leg sometimes. Both parts still hurt. Which specialist should I see for my wrist&knee pain?

Had a work accident 10 weeks ago. Fell on my hands, nose, &knees. Had x-rays. No fracture on right knee&suspicion of a fracture on left wrist. Some numbness on right leg sometimes. Both parts still hurt. Which specialist should I see for my wrist&knee pain?

Primary care: Would see your primary care first. If there is significant pain the X-rays should be repeated. Some fractures don't show up immediately after the injury, but after 10 weeks will be visible. Your primary care can then make a referral to an orthopedic surgeon if needed. The numbness may just be from the injury, can take six months to resolve (traumatic neuropathy). ...Read more

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Severe pain and swelling in left wrist, X-ray reveals no fracture, so what else may be the causes?

Severe pain and swelling in left wrist, X-ray reveals no fracture, so what else may be the causes?

Many causes: Could be an infection, inflammatory problem, arthritis, or a torn cartilage. With severe pain, see a specialist. ...Read more

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24 days after cast removed (casted 4 weeks) for non-displaced left wrist triquetrum chip fracture, son still has pain during baseball. Is this normal?

24 days after cast removed (casted 4 weeks) for non-displaced left wrist triquetrum chip fracture, son still has pain during baseball. Is this normal?

Triquetral avulsion: Fractures can take some time for pain to go away. There is not typically a structural issue, it is an avulsion o the tendinous attachment and capsular attachment to the bone. Sometimes after immobilization there is pain with extremes of flexion and deviation, for some of these casting is not used as stiffness can be a source of pain. Gentle ROM and time and therapy if needed typically suffices ...Read more

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I hurt my left wrist. After2wks, doc told me there was question of a distal radius fracture. Doc wants repeat x-rays. Is it necessary? Pain has improved.

Radius fracture: Even nondisplaced radius fractures are getting better we can benefit from splinting and restricting activities and in time knowing what to expect is a good thing there are also some fractures that may feel better but actually have articular involvement that need to be addressed even though it feels better than it did so Xray ...Read more

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I got hit in the outer left wrist with a 90 mph fastball no fracture it could be a bone bruise. How long should I wait until returning to baseball?

I got hit in the outer left wrist with a 90 mph fastball no fracture it could be a bone bruise. How long should I wait until returning to baseball?

Gradual return...: Work your way back into baseball as your swelling/ pain decreases &you regain full motion/ strength.

You may also expect that returning to certain activities may be more difficult than others. Part of this will be based on whether you have injured your dominant/ non-dominant wrist & your position.

With any persistent symptoms consider additional imaging, such as an mri, to r/o soft tissue inj. ...Read more

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Am a professional pianist. Fell on my hands&knees 11wks1/2ago. Hurt my wrists esp. Left wrist. X-ray of left wrist shows a suspicion of fracture but pain has improved. Can I play piano again now? Shld I wear a hand brace when play? Do I need an orthopedist?

Am a professional pianist. Fell on my hands&knees 11wks1/2ago. Hurt my wrists esp. Left wrist. X-ray of left wrist shows a suspicion of fracture but pain has improved. Can I play piano again now? Shld I wear a hand brace when play? Do I need an orthopedist?

Seek further care: Hand and wrist fractures can be tricky to diagnose and treatment can vary quite a bit, depending on which bone is fractured. Suspicion of a fracture in the hand requires more investigation, including a possible CT or MRI (depending on the suspected injury) and care from a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Am 28, & keep getting pins & needles in left hand. I fractured same wrist in 2 places 4 years ago. What could it be & what can I do to help.?

Am 28, & keep getting pins & needles in left hand. I fractured same wrist in 2 places 4 years ago. What could it be & what can I do to help.?

Hand symptoms: Sounds like you may have early carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Best to see a hand specialist in your area. There are many ways to provide relief for you symptoms - splinting, steroid injections etc. ...Read more

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Hi I have had pain from the middle of my hand to mid forarm especially when I touch it please help Ps I have fracture this wrist multiple times (left)?

Nerve pain: Pain that occurs with regular touch to the skin often indicates nerve pain or damage to a nerve. After trauma to an extremity (like the multiple fractures), it is possible to develop a neuropathic pain condition of that limb. See your doctor or a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

Left ball like wrist bone swollen and bruised. Pain up the left side forearm. Could it be fractured or just a sprain?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What is a left colles' fracture; displacement of left radius fracture present? If my wrist is broke, why does my elbow look broken too?

What is a left colles' fracture; displacement of left radius fracture present? If my wrist is broke, why does my elbow look broken too?

Have it checked: At times one can have fractures of your wrist as well as your elbow. So if you are concerned make sure to tell you orthopaedic surgeon. X-ray of your elbow will then be needed to rule out any fractures/dislocations there. Colles fracture is a type of distal radius (wrist fracture) -- the name is based on the direction of the distal fracture fragment displacement. ...Read more

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Is it alright to play sports like volleyball and baseball with a nail left inside my wrist? (scaphoid fracture)my doctor says it need not be taken out.

Is it alright to play sports like volleyball and baseball with a nail left inside my wrist? (scaphoid fracture)my doctor says it need not be taken out.

Scaphoid fractures: Can be treated with a screw that is commonly "buried' in the bone so that after it is healed and the OK is officially given (that is VERY IMPORTANT) one can use the wrsit and the hand normally. These screws are generally not taken out though sometimes screws can shift and fractures can settle a little but that is the exception. ANY SCAPHOID FRACTURE MUST BE OK'd by treatingDOC to resume activity ...Read more

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At school I got in a fight today and I have a severe pain with numbing and swelling of my pinky on my left hand is it broke or fractured by any chance?

Fight injuries: Include fifth metacarpal fractures or so called boxers/fighters fractures; fight bites, lacerations to the knuckle from a tooth that get badly infected, fractures or the base of the fifth or fourth metacarpals associated a times with subluxation of the CMC joint, I can list things like this all day... If you are painful swollen and numb after fight get seen, get prayed and get taken care of ...Read more

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Golfing injury of left hand, pain for 4 weeks in region of ulnar nerve...Could it be fractured hamate?

Golfing injury of left hand, pain for 4 weeks in region of ulnar nerve...Could it be fractured hamate?

Wrist pain: It's hard to know, but if you are right handed, a tendon or ligament injury is the most likely. An exam and an xray would help. Good luck and get better! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 4yrs old baby got her left hand fractured above elbow & plastered. What remedy to avoid infection & odour?

Should I be concerned if my 4yrs old baby got her left hand fractured above elbow & plastered. What remedy to avoid infection & odour?

Ensure the cast does: Not get wet, to avoid maceration of the skin. These are usually close injuries (the skin is broken over the fx site), so chances would be very rare. If she starts to scratch due to itching, give her some phenergan, (promethazine) to avoid scratching. Don't allow her to scratch inside the cast with a pen/pencil or something else, as she can then get infected.
I use a posterior splint, so arm can be cleaned/dried. ...Read more

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Can a hairline fracture in the hand get worse if left untreated?

Yes but: It really depends a lot on location

ie a scaphoid fracture that leads to avascular necrosis or nonunion is not good but a matacarpal fracture may just hurt until teated, then get better quickly. ...Read more

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I am having scapoid fracture on my left hand. I have put cast. It's almost 8 weeks but not completely healed. What food to eat to heal it faster?

I am having scapoid fracture on my left hand. I have put cast. It's almost 8 weeks but not completely healed. What food to eat to heal it faster?

Homeopathy: You can take homeopathic calcarea phosphorica and symphytum to help it heal. You can also look up a recipe for bone broth. That should help stimulate healing. ...Read more

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Can you suggest simple exercises for my left hand fracture and back pain?

Yes after healed: Fractures need to be immobilized not exercised. Once the fracture has healed then warm soaks will help to loosen the stiff hand joints. You can squeeze a washcloth in the warm water or out of water squeeze a soft spongy ball.
A walking program is one of the simplest and best treatments for back pain. ...Read more

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Got hurt by a volleyball. Feeling like sprain in left hand fingers. I don't have a fracture though. What should I do?

Got hurt by a volleyball. Feeling like sprain in left hand fingers. I don't have a fracture though. What should I do?

A sprain can be mild: Moderate or severe. If there is laxity in the joint then at times surgery is needed. If the joint is stable often splinting in the proper position temporarliy to reduce swelling followed by buddy taping for protection and gentle return of mtion will help. Persistant swelling or stiffness should prompt a reevaluation but it can take time (months) even for a simple minimal avulsion or sprain. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of the left hand. The report states "there appe/ars to be a nondisplaced fracture. ..", . What does "appear" signify? Thank you.

Recent MRI of the left hand. The report states "there appe/ars to be a nondisplaced fracture. ..", . What does "appear" signify? Thank you.

Uncertainty: Appears signifies that the radiologist has found something that could be a nondisplaced fracture or may be a normal finding, such as a nutrient artery. It is usually followed by "clinical correlation, " meaning that the examining doctor needs to check that specific area and see if there are any other signs that could indicate a fracture.
Many times one physician only has some of the puzzle pieces. ...Read more

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I think I had an (untreated) carpal fracture in my left hand about a year ago, and have felt pain since. If I got an xray, would it show anything?

Exam/ X-rays: Best thing to do obviously is to see an ors and get a thorough examination and x-rays. If you had a fracture from a year ago then x-rays will more than likely show evidence of this. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I fell down from bike and left hand is effected with whole body weight there is sweeling on my hand and pain in hand joint. No fracture in X-ray com.

? Fracture/ligament: Pain in hand can be due to ligament injury or due to fracture of the scaphoid bone ;sometimes this does not show up on x-ray till 10-12 days later but as these fractures may not heal well, most hand surgeons will treat a patient as if they have the fracture by placing them in a cast from the start. If repeat x-rays confirm diagnosis then the cast is kept for 8 weeks. Ligament tears need splinting. ...Read more

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10y old gymnast. On her left hand, the three knuckles and the area under them are purple. There is a tender spot. Is it fracture or stress fracture?

10y old gymnast. On her left hand, the three knuckles and the area under them are purple. There is a tender spot. Is it fracture or stress fracture?

Need X-Ray Vision: Could be either or something else. To be sure, the hand should be examined in-person and a decision made as to what to do, especially at this age. Would be important to know the exact circumstances of the injury, if any, or if it was from repetitive activities. The fact that the area is tender and purple places it in a suspicious category. Next ...Read more

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I injured my left hand, xray is negative. I think its fracture bc after 3weeks it swollen, warm, red, slight fever. Grabbing, holding, moving it hurts.

I injured my left hand, xray is negative. I think its fracture bc after 3weeks it swollen, warm, red, slight fever. Grabbing, holding, moving it hurts.

Get another x-ray: If you still have pain, and it is increasing, there is a chance you had a non displaced fracture that did not show up on initial x-ray. Consider a repeat x-ray about 2-3 weeks later. If still negative, consider soft tissue sprains that will take more time to heal. See a hand specialist if there is still concern. ...Read more

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Have cubitus valgus in left hand as a result of old fracture, one month back I treated with ulnar nerve transposition, can I treat my elbow angel?

Have cubitus valgus in left hand as a result of old fracture, one month back I treated with ulnar nerve transposition, can I treat my elbow angel?

Cubitus Valgus: When the elbow angle is such that the hand goes away from the body with the and facing forward as the arm is at the side, is not often corrected if it due to a boney injury. The late affect can be a so called tardy ulnar nerve palsy. After nerve transposition to attempt osteotomy would not be strongly advised but even then the issue is often cosmetic when no ligaments are truly involved ...Read more