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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Http://imgur. Com/a/5ykh7 fractured radius. Dr concerned with distance between radius/ulna. Still pain after 2.5 weeks on ulnar side. Sprain or worse?

Http://imgur. Com/a/5ykh7 fractured radius. Dr concerned with distance between radius/ulna. Still pain after 2.5 weeks on ulnar side. Sprain or worse?

Repeat X-rays: Not all injuries get appreciated on first films. If you have continued pains for more than 7-10 days, getting follow up studies/x-rays would help. A ct or MRI might be in order too.

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What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

Hard to say: May be too early to see callus, nonunion, etc. X-ray findings need to be correlated with history and physical exam, preferably by an orthopedic surgeon. There is no shortcut to this.

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How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

Typically as soon: As the cast comes off rehab begins and even before range of motion of fingers, elbow if free and even forearm rotation. Therapy is not static, it changes as one progresses, alters depending upon what is needed AND you don't just get therapy when there, one needs to do exercises all the time at home to do well. Speak to your doctor and therapist, don't delay too long

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Fractured radius - why are my finger joints are very stiff each morning? Improves during the day with movement. How long will this last? Thanks

Fractured radius - why are my finger joints are very stiff each morning? Improves during the day with movement. How long will this last? Thanks

Swelling from break: The fracture causes inflammation, which impedes the normal flow of lymph from the hand to the arm and then into the central veins. Because of this slowdown, your fingers are a little swollen and feel stiff.

Elevating your arm, which gives the flow a boost from gravity, might help.

This is temporary, don't worry.

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Bayonet apposition of complete fractured radius and ulna under arm cast as seen in xray both bones are in parallel position, would it heal?

Bayonet apposition of complete fractured radius and ulna under arm cast as seen in xray both bones are in parallel position, would it heal?

Yes: As I told you before it would be best if this were treated operatively but yes it will most probably heal but with some loss of function/ length / motion ect also check vit d level as if it is low then healing will be negatively impacted.

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How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

Pain and x-rays: The 2 primary indicators of fracture healing are resolution of pain and x-rays. If your pain is improving or gone then that's usually an excellent indication that the fracture is healing or healed. X-rays are used to confirm fracture healing as well.

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Complete overriding fracture are noted in the distal thirds of right radius and ulna possible of healing even without metal plates?

Complete overriding fracture are noted in the distal thirds of right radius and ulna possible of healing even without metal plates?

See an orthopaedist: Adults do not usually do better with reduction of the injury you describe. It might heal, but you would probably lose function (muscle strength, mobility to position your hand). See an orthopaedic surgeon that cares for upper extremity (arm) trauma.

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What is the best treatment for a distal radius fracture?

Radius fracture: It is hard to generally give a best answer for this very large category of injuries except to say that the treatment option is very specific with respect to the many factors such as age, extent of injury. Displacement. Articular involvement iopen or closed injury. Quality of soft tissues. And finally what the goals of treatment are and what the extent that the patient wants to go through things

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Is it normal for doc 2 say its ok 2 not wear a cast when forearm is still broken? Complete fractures of radius/ulna have only little healing, no surgery

Is it normal for doc 2 say its ok 2 not wear a cast when forearm is still broken? Complete fractures of radius/ulna have only little healing, no surgery

Pretty early: 6-8 wks.4 a good start on healing depending on the location of the fracture. With no callus formation I would seek another opinion. B very careful in the meantime.

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Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Depends but: Typically most fracture heal in about 3 months but may continue remodelling for up to a year. After three months most fractures are healed to the point where there are no restrictions. That is also true for compound fractures but it depends on their severity.

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I have a broken radius and ulna on my right arm, under cast 1 week ago, how will I know if it is healing? If I feel minimal pain when I move.

Minimal pain is OK.: But increasing pain, bluish discoloration and impaired movement, numbness and tingling of fingers suggest too tight placement of the cast. In 6-8 weeks your dr will repeat xray to determine if alignment of the fracture and callus (new bones) around the fracture site have occurred and these are signs of healing. Http://www. Noelhenley. Com/249/how-do-i-know-my-broken-bone-is-healed/.

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What is the healing time for fractured leg?

Tib/ fib or femur?: Healing times for ' broken legs' vary w/ which broken bone you are talking about (tibia, fibula, femur) and the location of the 'break ' in the bone (i.e. Midshaft femur requiring im rodding or proximal fibula fx. Requiring minimal treatment). A bit more specificity would be helpful... After saying that most heal between 8-12 weeks... Good luck!

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What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the fracture, but most heal by about 12 weeks.

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How long would the healing time be for a broken/fractured tibia?

Healing time: The average healing time for a tibia fracture that did not break through the skin is 4.5 months. For fractures that are more severe or break through the skin the average time is increased to 5.5 months.

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What is the typical healing time for a fractured scaphoid?

What is the typical healing time for a fractured scaphoid?

Scaphoid fracture: This depends on the level of the fracture through the scaphoid and if you have surgery or not. Nonoperative distal waist-3 months, mid waist-4 months, proximal waist-5 months. Surgical treatment usually has a healing time of 3 months. These are severe injuries which should be managed by your orthopaedic hand surgeon.

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The pain in my fractured scaphoid has got worse in last week been in plaster for seven weeks been at work the whole time will this stop the healing?

Overuse: You need to discuss activity and use with your orthophosphate. Your activity may be preventing healing or suffering from nonunion or malunion despite immobilization. Increased pain not positive sign.

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How much time do broken bones hurt after healing?

How much time do broken bones hurt after healing?

Healing=painless: When the bone is healed, it should stop hurting

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How much time bone fractures takes time to heal? Which nutrition help faster healing?

How much time bone fractures takes time to heal? Which nutrition help faster healing?

8-12 weeks: Most fractures heal over an 8 week period -sooner in younger pts and longer in older pts with underlying bone issues like osteoporosis. Vit d and ca supl may help.